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February 28, 2014

Moore officers say man who died after Warren Theatre altercation took fighting stance

MOORE — Luis Rodriguez refused to show police officers his identification and eventually “squared off” and took a fighting stance toward the officers, according to the official police incident report.

The two-page narrative describes what began as a possible domestic abuse call and ended with Rodriguez’s death early Feb. 15.

“I think that the police report is subjective,” Rodriguez family attorney Michael Brooks-Jime’nez said. “I remember from the (police chief) press conference they said he took a defensive stance. I don’t know if it makes a big difference or not, but it kind of changes the characterization of what he was doing. The only way we will know for sure what happens is the Warren Theatre video.”

In the report that redacted most names, including the names of Luis’ wife, Nair Rodriguez, and daughter, Lunahi Rodriguez, Moore Officers Ryan Minard and Joseph Bradley were dispatched to Warren Theatre on Feb. 14 to assist off-duty officers Brian Clarkston (MPD) and wildlife department game wardens Chad Strang and Tyler Howser, who were working as private security for the theater.

The off-duty officers were in contact with two intoxicated customers who had fallen asleep inside the theater, according to the report.

“While they were escorting the intoxicated customers outside to get a cab, officers were contacted by a customer (Stefanie Faber) regarding another incident happening at the same time,” the report states. “Faber informed Officer Strang and Officer Howser that she had just witnessed a physical fight outside the theater between what appeared to be family members.”

According to the report, Howser and Strang were the first to come upon the Rodriguez family after Faber pointed them out. Parts of the report were redacted to remove names.

“Officer Howser observed the older female (redacted name), involved begin to walk away from the other two people (Luis and redacted name), so he began to call for her to stop and she refused to do so,” according to the report. “Howser said it was obvious that (redacted name) was upset as she was quickly walking away from (Luis and redacted name). Howser was able to get (redacted name) to stop after he flashed his flashlight in her direction.”

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