Moore police release details of Luis Rodriguez' arrest, death

Moore police release details of Luis Rodriguez' arrest, death

Posted: Updated:

The Moore Police Department on Thursday released the narrative of what police say happened the night Luis Rodriguez was arrested and later died in custody.

Luis Rodriguez died in the early morning hours of Feb. 15th after he was detained at the Warren Theatre in Moore. His wife, Nair, recorded the incident on her cell phone.

Five officers were called to the parking lot on a domestic disturbance. Three are Moore Police officers, the other two are security officers at Warren Theatre. According to the police report, one of the security officers was an off-duty Moore officer, the other two were off-duty Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Game Wardens.

The police report states a witness said she saw a fight outside the movie theater between family members. When officers arrived, they said Nair was walking away from Luis and their daughter and refused to stop on their commands.

The officer said she eventually did stop and told him them that she hit her daughter in the face because she "had lied to her and called her dirty names and was being deceitful". As the officer spoke with Nair, that's when he said he observed officers starting to struggle with Luis.

Officers had asked Luis what was happening and Luis responded by saying it was "none of his business" and they were dealing with a "family matter". He eventually told police that his wife had hit their daughter and officers asked him for his identification.

According to the report, Luis refused, crossed his arms, and walked away. One of the officers said he believed Luis was taking an aggressive stance with another officer and tried to get around the officer several times. The officer said he believed Luis was trying to "go after Nair".

Officers asked Luis for identification again and that's when officers say he took a fighting stance with them. The officers wrote they were trying to place him in investigative detention until they could find his identification and determine is involvement in the domestic assault they were investigating.

The officers said they went to place him in an arm bar when he threw one of the officers off him and the others stepped in. Police say at that point, Luis and the officer fell to the ground and continued to ignore the officers requests. They say they used several techniques to get him under control and handcuffed.

After he was handcuffed, police sat him up and called a supervisor and medical personnel. While the paramedics were tending to Luis, he stopped breathing.

He was taken to a local hospital where doctors say he was stabilized. He was taken for a CT scan and a short time later, he stopped breathing again and died a short time later, according to the report.

Moore Police spoke to reporters last week. They said Luis was combative so they pepper-sprayed him and held him down. But they say no other weapons, like bats or batons, were used.

"We do stand behind our officers and their actions," said police spokesperson Jeremy Lewis.

They've handed the case to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation because there are both officers from their department and a state agency involved.

In a press conference Tuesday, Rodriguez family attorney Michael Brooks-Jimenez released the video.

"Luis, known in his family and his church as a peacemaker, went after his wife to calm her down when he was confronted by police and theatre security," Jimenez said.

Family members claim police brutality played a role, but their attorney says he's holding judgment until hearing from the medical examiner.

Investigators with the OSBI say they are still investigating what happened. The medical examiner has not yet released Luis's autopsy results.

  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • FDA warns against using caffeine powder

    FDA warns against using caffeine powder

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:44 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:44:03 GMT
    A new warning from the FDA urges you to stay away from powered caffeine. It's easy to get. It's powerful. But as we recently learned, even a small amount can be deadly. The substance responsible for killing a high schooler in Ohio can easily be bought online. And now the FDA warns everyone to avoid caffeine powder."You get overstimulated, and in the worst case scenario, it can cause your heart to stop," said Dr. Rachel Franklin, medical director of OU Physicians Family Medicine. 18-year-old L...
    A new warning from the FDA urges you to stay away from powered caffeine. It's easy to get. It's powerful. But as we recently learned, even a small amount can be deadly. The substance responsible for killing a high schooler in Ohio can easily be bought online. And now the FDA warns everyone to avoid caffeine powder."You get overstimulated, and in the worst case scenario, it can cause your heart to stop," said Dr. Rachel Franklin, medical director of OU Physicians Family Medicine. 18-year-old L...
  • Having trouble cooling off? It's not just heat, it could be your medicine too

    Having trouble cooling off? It's not just heat, it could be your medicine too

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:00:16 GMT
    As the mercury rises in Oklahoma, people taking some over the counter medications and prescription drugs may find it harder to cool down.
    As the mercury rises in Oklahoma, people taking some over the counter medications and prescription drugs may find it harder to cool down.
  • Oil and gas execs give alternative explanations to surge in OK quakes

    Oil and gas execs give alternative explanations to surge in OK quakes

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:36 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:36:20 GMT
    Wednesday members of the oil and gas industry publicly spoke out. They gave their side of the debated connection between injection wells and the state's recent surge in earthquakes over the past five years.
    Wednesday members of the oil and gas industry publicly spoke out. They gave their side of the debated connection between injection wells and the state's recent surge in earthquakes over the past five years.
  • More HeadlinesMore>>

  • Arkansas clerk: "I just wasn't in the mood [to be robbed]"

    Arkansas clerk: "I just wasn't in the mood [to be robbed]"

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:34 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:34:09 GMT
    When Paul Fagin clocked in his for shift at an Arkansas gas station, he said it just wasn't the day for him to be robbed. When a suspect tried to do it, he fought back.
    When Paul Fagin clocked in his for shift at an Arkansas gas station, he said it just wasn't the day for him to be robbed. When a suspect tried to do it, he fought back.
  • Florida father says son saved alleged molester's life

    Florida father says son saved alleged molester's life

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:05:03 GMT
    Raymond Frolander was found with several knots on his face and bleeding from the mouth after he allegedly sexually abused a child.Raymond Frolander was found with several knots on his face and bleeding from the mouth after he allegedly sexually abused a child.
    A Florida father who beat his 11-year-old son's alleged molester unconscious before calling 911 told a CNN affiliate that his son is a hero and that the youngster is the only reason the man is alive.
    A Florida father who beat his 11-year-old son's alleged molester unconscious before calling 911 told a CNN affiliate that his son is a hero and that the youngster is the only reason the man is alive.
  • New law makes French restaurants prove food is fresh

    New law makes French restaurants prove food is fresh

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:09 AM EDT2014-07-23 10:09:19 GMT

    A new law in France requires restaurants to post a logo advising patrons if their foods are actually home made and which ones are just heated up.The logo is a rooftop covering a sauce pan and it's supposed to designate fait mason, or homemade.

    A new law in France requires restaurants to post a logo advising patrons if their foods are actually home made and which ones are just heated up.The logo is a rooftop covering a sauce pan and it's supposed to designate fait mason, or homemade.

  • FOX25 Slideshows

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
Compiling list...
  • FOX 25 FeaturesMore>>

  • Tell Me Something Good

    Tell Me Something Good

    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
    Tired of all the bad news? Looking for some good news? Tell Me Something Good, does just that! FOX 25's Mike Brooks finds the good in Oklahoma and tells you all about it.
  • Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
    How are your tax dollars being spent? FOX 25 Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments, or any groups, are using your money wisely... or wasting it.
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOKH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.