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Update: Sheriff’s Office ID’s man who died after south Modesto encounter with deputies

The man who died after a Tuesday evening encounter with sheriff’s deputies was identified Thursday as Rudy Santillan, 36, of Modesto.

No other new details were released in the late-afternoon update from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

He died early Wednesday at Doctors Medical Center, where he was taken by ambulance after the encounter on the 1000 block of Imperial Avenue, Sgt. Joshua Clayton said Wednesday.

Deputies had been dispatched at 6:44 p.m. on reports that a man was “going crazy” and “breaking everything” during an altercation with his father, Clayton said.

Deputies contacted the adult son in a vacant lot and found that he seemed to be in an “altered state” and resisted attempts to take him into custody, Clayton said. They used “physical restraint, Tasers and a K-9” to arrest him, he said.

Deputies then saw that the man was unconscious and having a medical emergency, Clayton said.

Three investigations are under way, the protocol for in-custody deaths. One is by the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office, another by the sheriff’s Crimes Against Persons Team and the third by the sheriff’s Internal Affairs Division.

John Holland covers breaking news and has been with The Modesto Bee since 2000. He has covered agriculture for the Bee and at newspapers in Sonora and Visalia. He was born and raised in San Francisco and has a journalism degree from UC Berkeley.
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