A multi-agency investigation continues into the death of a Pleasanton man who died at a local hospital while in police custody one week ago after allegedly acting erratically in a grocery store and then attacking officers who were trying to detain him.
Authorities are still working to determine what set off 38-year-old Jacob Bauer's aggressive behavior as well as what caused his ultimately fatal respiratory distress in the time after he was arrested during a confrontation with police, which included officers using Tasers, according to Pleasanton police Lt. Maria Munayer.
"I cannot speak to the mental state of Mr. Bauer at the time of the incident nor do I know what caused Mr. Bauer to become violent with officers," Munayer told the Weekly on Monday, five days after the incident in the Oak Hills Shopping Center on Sunol Boulevard.
Unanswered questions also remain for Bauer's family about the run-in with police that preceded his death.
"The family just wants to know what happened," said Jackie Murphy, an attorney whose firm was recently hired by Bauer's parents John and Rose to track the investigation.
"We are representing the Bauers as it relates to their son Jacob's death. We have put Pleasanton police on notice of that, and we are asking Pleasanton police to preserve all body-camera footage and data on Tasers that were used," Murphy told the Weekly on Tuesday.
"We're trying to find out what happened there (in the shopping center). That's the goal," Murphy said, adding that Bauer's parents -- longtime Pleasanton residents -- only know the same information that police have released to the general public and news media.
Munayer said the incident unfolded around 2:45 p.m. Aug. 1 after police received a call from a manager at Raley's reporting a white man in his 30s acting irrationally, picking up a shopping cart and slamming it to the ground before opening and breaking alcohol bottles inside the store.
The initial police officers arrived within four minutes of being dispatched and located the man -- later identified as Bauer -- in the area.
"When officers attempted to detain Bauer, he failed to comply with requests to place his hands behind his back. Bauer resisted officers' attempts to place him in handcuffs, including scratching and biting officers," Shannon Revel-Whitaker, Pleasanton police community and public relations coordinator, said in a press release the day after the incident.
Two officers sustained undisclosed minor injuries during the arrest, which occurred in the grass strip behind Jim's Country Style Restaurant along Mission Drive.
Officers struggled to place Bauer in handcuffs for more than five minutes, and two officers ultimately opted to deploy their Tasers to try to subdue Bauer, according to police. Munayer said details about how many Taser rounds were fired remain under investigation.
After handcuffing Bauer, officers also used a leg restraint device known as "The Wrap" to keep the man under control and safely transport him to Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare for a routine medical evaluation, according to Munayer.
The lieutenant said Bauer showed no signs of respiratory distress until after being loaded into an ambulance at the scene and on his way to the hospital. Bauer was pronounced dead at Stanford-ValleyCare shortly after arriving that afternoon.
Munayer said she did not know how much time elapsed between when the incident began and when Bauer was transported to the hospital. "The exact timeline of events is still being reviewed by investigators," she added.
The number of officers involved in the incident also remains under investigation, and none of the officers will be placed on administrative leave during the probe, according to Munayer.
The Alameda County Coroner's Bureau inquiry is ongoing, with autopsy report, cause of death and toxicology test results among the pending information.
Munayer noted Pleasanton police did have prior contacts with Bauer, but those calls were non-criminal family disturbances involving the Bauer family. She declined to elaborate on the specifics of those non-criminal police contacts.
Mental health could have been a contributing factor for Bauer during last week's incident, according to Marsha McInnis, president of the local chapter of the nonprofit National Alliance on Mental Illness.
"NAMI Tri-Valley sends their heartfelt condolences to the Bauer family for the loss of their son Jacob. We were aware of the parents' deep concerns about their son and were assisting finding the right key to open the right door to help," she said. "The lack of access to care, a fail first system and criminalization of mental illness interferes with finding the best appropriate help in a complex and traumatic process."
Family and friends have put up a small memorial next to a tree behind Jim's, with flowers, notes and more to remember Bauer following his death.
The incident remains under separate investigations by Pleasanton police, the coroner's bureau and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. Anyone with additional information about the case can contact police at 931-5100.