Chandler police are investigating the death of Ralph Gamboa, 41, who died after resisting arrest by a number of officers he fought with in the front yard of a residence on Friday.
Police said the Phoenix man, who had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest, was showing all the characteristics of an emotionally disturbed person under the influence of some kind of substance and became increasingly violent with officers in the front yard of the home in the 1100 block of East Senate Circle.
The man died soon after he became unresponsive after what a Chandler police spokesman described as a “knock down, drag out fight,” that initially began with the two responding officers at the scene, according to Detective Seth Tyler, a Chandler police spokesman.
After emergency crews arrived on the scene, the man who was fighting with officers and hitting them with closed fists, became less responsive and later was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 1:32 p.m., according to police.
The man, whose name was not available pending notification of relatives, had been arrested before and was recognized by officers from a trespassing incident earlier in the day, according to Tyler. During the course of the investigation, the officers were able to get the man’s name and discovered there was an outstanding “caution felony” warrant for his arrest for a probation violation, and were contacting him to follow up on the incident earlier in the day, Tyler said.
Officers involved in this incident sustained injuries, although none of the injuries appear to be serious at this time.
The two officers who initially responded to the scene before they called in for back-up, have been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation, Tyler said.
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