MOORE — Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn has asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to investigate the in-custody death of a man who was handcuffed outside the Warren Theatre.
OSBI agents say the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Luis Rodriguez, 44, will be lengthy and time-consuming. Results of an autopsy will be crucial to the investigation, OSBI agents said.
Rodriguez died early Saturday following a scuffle with police, who were investigating a domestic disturbance. His family says he was beaten by the officers. A cellphone video of the incident has not been made public.
Three Moore police officers and two off-duty game wardens were attempting to detain Rodriguez after he failed to stop and show his identification; one of the officers and the game wardens were working security for the theater.
Mashburn and Moore Police Chief Jerry Stillings requested the OSBI inquiry because officers from two agencies were involved, said Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, a spokesman for Moore Police Department. Also, the intense public attention surrounding the man’s death led them to seek an outside agency to investigate.
“As of right now, our investigation will stop. We will give everything over to the OSBI,” Lewis said.
Rodriguez’s autopsy is pending toxicology and results could take two months or more, according to the state medical examiner’s office.
The three Moore officers involved are on administrative leave, while the game wardens were allowed to continue working.
Once the investigation is complete, Mashburn will decide whether anyone is at fault for Rodriguez’s death.
Funeral arrangements for Rodriguez are pending.