MOORE — Three Moore police officers are on administrative leave while the death of a man at the Warren Theater is being investigated.
Luis Rodriguez, of Norman, died Friday night outside the theater after an altercation with two on-duty Moore police officers, one off-duty officer and two off-duty game wardens, Moore police spokesman Jeremy Lewis said Saturday.
Lewis said officers were responding to a disturbance involving Rodriquez, his daughter, Luinahi, and his wife, Nair.
Luinahi Rodriquez said she and her mother were fighting in the theater, and her father was trying to break up the fight.
Nair Rodriguez then left the theater, Luinahi said, and Luis chased after her.
When police tried to get identification from Luis Rodriguez, police said he tried to fight with officers and was placed in handcuffs.
Luinahi Rodriguez said Luis did not resist police force and was hit repeatedly by police officers.
“They jumped on him like he was some kind of killer or drug dealer and beat him up,” Luinahi Rodriguez said. “He never fought the officers, they beat him on the head and that's how he lost his breath.”
Rodriguez stopped breathing while officers were restraining him, Lewis said. An ambulance was already at the theater for an unrelated incident, but paramedics were unable to revive him, he said.
Luinahi Rodriguez said her mother recorded the altercation on her cellphone, and police confiscated it.
Lewis confirmed that police took the cellphone as evidence, but he didn't know whether detectives have viewed the video yet.
Luis Rodriguez's body was taken to the state medical examiner for an official autopsy to determine cause of death.
A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled the name of Luinahi Rodriguez. The NewsOK editorial staff regrets the error.