The Norman Transcript

April 2, 2014

Luis Rodriguez’s death ruled as homicide

By Michael Kinney
The Norman Transcript

OKLAHOMA CITY — Luis Rodriguez’s death earlier this year in Moore has been ruled a homicide, according to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

“In alignment with death certification guidelines by the National Association of Medical Examiners, we classified this death as a homicide,” said Amy Elliot of the Medical Examiner’s officer. “Homicide is a medical term that does not denote wrongdoing or criminal intent.”

Rodriguez died Feb. 15 after an altercation with three members of the Moore Police Department and two off-duty Oklahoma game wardens working private security at the Warren Theatre. Rodriguez’s wife Nair, and his 19-year-old daughter, who witnessed the entire episode.

Part of the altercation was also caught on video by Nair Rodriguez’s cell phone. It showed Luis Rodriguez being held down on the ground by the five men, including one of the officers putting a knee to the back of his neck.

“Luis Rodriguez died as a result of a cardiac arrhythmia due to physical restraint in the setting of cardiomegaly with left ventricular hypertrophy,” Elliot said. “Postmortem examination revealed evidence of a physical struggle; however, the noted injuries and associated hemorrhages are not sufficient by themselves to cause the decedent’s death.”

Rodriguez’s death is under investigation by the Oklahoma State  Bureau of Investigation.

This is an outcome we felt was coming all along," Michael Brooks-Jime’nez, the Rodriguez family lawyer, said.