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    Intoxicated, Combative Man Handcuffed By Police At LBFD Request To Allow Medical Treatment; In Transit To Hospital, He Stops Breathing & Dies

    (March 7, 2004) -- A 30 year-old man, who police say was extremely intoxicated and very combative, was placed in handcuffs at LBFD's request so fire personnel could treat him...and stopped breathing while being transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    LBPD says that on March 7 at roughly 2:17 a.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of E. Artesia Blvd. regarding a fight and learned that a group of men were trying to help an extremely intoxicated friend into a car. "The intoxicated man was refusing to go with his friends and was very combative towards everyone around him," LBPD says in a release..

    The release continues:

    When officers attempted to help the man he began kicking, swinging his arms and striking his head against the ground in an effort to resist the officers assistance. Officers called the Long Beach Fire Department to the scene due to his extreme level of intoxication and for treatment of his self inflicted injuries. When Fire Department personnel arrived, they were unable to assist the man due to the fact that he was combative with them as well. The Fire Department personnel asked the police officers to handcuff the man so they could treat him and to stop him from inflicting further injury to himself. Officers then handcuffed the man so that he could receive the medical attention he needed, and he was placed in a Fire Department ambulance, and taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital.

    While driving to the hospital the man stopped breathing, and paramedics immediately began CPR procedures. The man was pronounced dead at Memorial Hospital at 3:33 a.m. He has been identified as Israel Alatorre, 30 years-old, of Norwalk.

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Richard Birdsall or Chris Cardoza at (562) 570-7244.

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