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October 22, 2014

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Officers involved in struggle with inmate who later died identified

Four corrections officers who tried to restrain an inmate who later died have been identified by Metro Police.

Luis Solana, 38, was an inmate at the Clark County Detention Center when he died Wednesday, 10 days after a struggle with corrections officers during an attempt to subdue him, Metro Police said.

The officers involved were Sgt. David Aspiazu, 38, who has been with Metro for 12 years; Officer Bradley Temple, 44, who has been with the department for 12 years; Officer Patrick Gray, 48, who has been with Metro for 10 years, and Officer Eugene Dixon, 49, who has been with Metro for 12 years.

Police said the struggle happened Feb. 25. The three officers and the sergeant attempted to restrain Solano, who resisted for about three minutes, police said.

Once Solano was restrained, officers realized he was unconscious and having difficulty breathing. Emergency medical personnel responded and Solano was taken to University Medical Center Trauma in critical condition.

Police said Solano was in custody on drug-trafficking counts.

The four jailers involved have been placed on routine paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated, Metro reported.

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  1. It took 3 minutes for these 4 trained, experienced officers to subdue 1 inmate?

  2. John Dough,

    Try restraining someone that does not want to be restrained some time and get back to use with answer to your question.

  3. This is like the police who have to shoot someone 20 times to bring him down. I have no doubt the force was "excessive". In a little while this too will blow over and everyone back to work as usual.

  4. Suicide by cop or real health issues?

  5. @vegaslee...

    When an inmate dies suddenly during restraint by law enforcement, it is usually due to positional asphyxia. These situations are COMPLETELY preventable. Obviously the jail staff needs better training.

  6. dies suddenly??? he died 10 days later but i do believe he was probably choked out to prevent further resistance which led to his unresponsiveness. the local police/sheriffs here in the detroit area all know this technique.

    as far as 3 minutes goes this is not a long time to restrain a person resisting/fighting. you must remember, by law, they,(you), are not allowed to hit someone as if you were in a bar fight. if you are a public servant/cop/RN. its called 'a nonviolent intervention'.

    i have personally been involved in one situation that lasted over 30 minutes (in a hospital setting) which included powerful medications (injections) with 5 people trying to restrain a person. this is not an unusual situation.

    people who are NOT involved with the dregs of society really have absolutely no idea of what peoples behavior can be.