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April 3, 2014

Death in Moore ruled a homicide

Medical examiner says Luis Rodriguez died as a result of physical struggle, heart problem

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

“Review of the available video footage shows the decedent on the ground with pressure applied to his back for less than two minutes,” the ME report stated.

Later, Rodriguez’s limp body is propped up as officers wait for emergency vehicles to arrive.

“Luis Rodriguez died as a result of a cardiac arrhythmia due to physical restraint in the setting of cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) 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.”

According to the ME’s report, no drugs or alcohol were found in Rodriguez’s system, but he was diagnosed with pulmonary edema and congestion with intra-alveolar hemorrhage.

Scalp contusions and abrasions on the right forearm, hands, abdomen and knees also were found on Rodriguez.

“From our understanding, prior health conditions — coupled with the struggle with officers — led to the death of Mr. Rodriguez,” Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the MPD said. “The medical examiner’s report indicates minimal physical trauma to Mr. Rodriguez, which commonly occurs when an individual physically resists.”

Rodriguez’s death is under investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of investigation. The members of the MPD involved are on paid administration leave, Lewis said.

“The investigative portion of this case by the OSBI is still ongoing and upon completion, will be presented to the Cleveland County District Attorney for review,” Lewis said. “As the investigation is still ongoing, we are unable to answer any questions at this time.”

With the release of the autopsy, Brooks-Jime’nez is waiting to view the Warren Theatre security film from the night in question. The MPD collected the security video from the theater during its initial investigation, but when they turned the investigation over to the OSBI, they gave them the video, also.

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