- Associated Press - Friday, June 2, 2017

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - A sheriff’s investigation into last year’s death of a 30-year-old suspect in the custody of Sparks police has concluded no criminal charges are warranted against any of the officers involved.

Kristofer Talancon of Sparks died shortly after a struggle with police who arrested him as a suspect in a domestic battery on Oct. 15, 2016, the report said.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office forwarded its independent investigative report to Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen, who announced on Thursday that the county medical examiner concluded the cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular beating of the heart.

The autopsy and lab tests determined the death resulted from “methamphetamine intoxication and physical struggle/restraint by police.”

Allen said his officers were cleared of any wrongdoing and the case has been closed. The investigative report concluded there was no evidence the officers had any “intent to harm or kill” Talancon, he said.

Allen didn’t release the complete report, but sheriff’s spokesman Bob Harmon confirmed the findings on Friday.

“The conclusion of our investigation was that there would be no criminal charges,” Harmon told The Associated Press.

It was the first in-custody death in Sparks in more than 10 years, Allen said.

The officers said the struggle began when they tried to arrest Talancon. They said they took him into custody and a short time later he lost consciousness. Medical assistance was given to him, and he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The officers involved were not placed on leave because there were no criminal charges filed, Allen said.

The Sparks Police Department will conduct an internal investigation to determine if there are any steps to take to address concerns raised as a result of the incident, he said.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide