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February 18, 2014

Officers on leave after theater death

MOORE — Three Moore Police Department officers are on administrative leave pending an investigation into the death of Norman’s Luis Rodriguez after an incident that took place at the Warren Theater in Moore Friday night.

“First and foremost, the Moore Police Department sends our condolences to the Rodriguez family,” MPD said in a statement released Monday. “Concerning the events that occurred early morning Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at the Moore Warren Theater involving three private security officers (one of which is a Moore Police officer) and two on-duty Moore Police officers, the investigation is still ongoing and parties involved, including witnesses, have exercised their right to counsel.”

Rodriguez was at the theater when an argument broke out between Rodriguez’s wife, Nair Rodriguez, and his daughter, Lunahi Rodriguez, reports indicate.

Nair told media outlets she stormed to the parking lot and her husband chased after her to try and calm her down. That is when the theater security personnel and the MPD interceded and tried to stop Luis, according to Nair.

“He was just trying to reach me,” Nair said in a television news report. “He wasn’t involved and the camera at Warren should be recording that. He was trying to calm me down because I was the one furious with my daughter.”

A scuffle ensued and Luis Rodriguez was handcuffed and later taken to the hospital where he died. According to MPD’s Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, a cause of death has not been established. Luis’ body is still at the medical examiner’s office.

“Officers were notified of a possible fight in the theater parking lot,” the MPD statement read. “All the events that took place once officers arrived at the incident involving the Rodriguez family are now under investigation. Details will be released once the investigation is complete.”

However, Lunahi said her father was beaten by the MPD and security officers.

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