A Fort Bragg man wanted in connection with a reported robbery in Point Arena died Wednesday afternoon after several law enforcement officers attempting to arrest him shot him with Tasers, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.
Daniel Cedar Saulsbury, 39, showed signs of medical distress after being detained by authorities, including a CHP officer and two sheriff’s deputies who deployed their Tasers, sheriff’s officials said in a news release.
Saulsbury was provided aid, but efforts by medical personnel were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene, sheriff’s officials said. His death is being investigated by the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office.
The fatal incident Wednesday followed a 12:13 p.m. report to the sheriff’s office of a robbery in the 200 block of Main Street in Point Arena, about 44 miles south of Fort Bragg on Highway 1.
Sheriff’s officials said the robbery victim was confronted by a white man who threw rocks at the victim and robbed the man of his diaper bag. The report was passed on to the Highway Patrol, which had an officer in the area. A CHP officer located the suspect, later identified as Saulsbury, near the scene of the reported robbery, sheriff’s officials said.
An attempt to detain Saulsbury resulted in a foot chase, with Saulsbury physically resisting arrest at times, the sheriff’s news release stated.
The CHP officer requested backup and deputies arrived several minutes later to help detain Saulsbury on Mill Street, the sheriff’s report stated.
During their attempt to make the arrest, the CHP officer and two deputies deployed their Taser weapons, the sheriff’s office stated.
The news release did not say how many times Saulsbury was shot with the Tasers or provide any other details about the nature of the medical distress that preceded his death.
Sheriff’s officials said the office was not releasing any more details Thursday. The news release did not name the officers involved in the arrest or say if they have been placed on administrative leave, a standard procedure in most officer-involved fatal incidents.
A spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office could not be reached late Thursday.
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