DA won't prosecute officers in Warren Theatre death

The officers’ use of force was “justified and appropriate under the law” in the police action just before the death of Luis Rodriguez, 44.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: June 20, 2014


photo - Left: This cellphone video screen capture shows Moore police officers restraining Luis Rodriguez in the parking lot at the Warren Theatre on Feb. 15. Rodriguez died after the incident and the state medical examiner’s office Wednesday announced that Rodriguez’s death is classified as a homicide.
Left: This cellphone video screen capture shows Moore police officers restraining Luis Rodriguez in the parking lot at the Warren Theatre on Feb. 15. Rodriguez died after the incident and the state medical examiner’s office Wednesday announced that Rodriguez’s death is classified as a homicide.

MOORE — The officers who attempted to detain Luis Rodriguez outside the Warren Theatre earlier this year won’t face criminal charges, Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn notified the Moore Police Department on Friday.

Rodriguez died shortly after the incident, in which three Moore police officers and two game wardens struggled to handcuff the man in the parking lot February 15. The state medical examiner determined Rodriguez died of a heart condition known as cardiac arrhythmia, brought on by physical restraint.

In his findings, Mashburn said the use of force by the officers was “justified and appropriate under the law.”

The officers — Sgt. Brian Clarkston, officer Ryan Minard and officer Joseph Bradley, who are employed by the Moore Police Department, and game wardens Tyler Howser and Chad Strang — are expected to return to work.

Check NewsOK.com for updates.

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