Pleasanton Police have launched an investigation into the death of 38-year-old Jacob Bauer from Pleasanton, who died while in police custody Wednesday afternoon after resisting arrest, police said.
At approximately 2:42 p.m. Wednesday police were dispatched to the Pleasanton Raley's Supermarket, 5420 Sunol Blvd., responding to reports of a caucasian man in his 30s “acting irrationally.” The Raley’s manager told police Bauer was picking up a shopping cart and slamming it to the ground and then opening and breaking bottles of alcohol.
According to PPD spokesperson Lieutenant Maria Munayer, Bauer did not comply with officers' requests to place his hands behind his head and “actively resisted” attempts to place him in handcuffs. It took officers roughly five minutes to detain the Pleasanton man, who resisted by biting and scratching at officers.
Police on the scene ultimately used an “electronic control device” and a “leg restraint device” to restrain Bauer, before sending him in an ambulance to Stanford Health - ValleyCare for a routine medical clearance examination.
En route to the hospital Bauer began to show signs of respiratory distress and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Two Pleasanton officers involved were also transported to Stanford Health - ValleyCare where they received treatment for non-life threatening injuries, before being released.
Official cause of death has not yet been released by police, or if Bauer was intoxicated during the altercation.
The death is still under investigation by the PPD, Alameda County District Attorney's Office and the county coroner's bureau. Anyone with further information regarding this incident is encourage to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at (925) 931-5100.