Man in Coma After Confrontation With Anaheim Police Has Died, Family’s Lawyer Says

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An Anaheim man who had been in a coma since a confrontation with police officers a week ago died Sunday, his family’s lawyer said.

Fermin Vincent Valenzuela II died at West Anaheim Medical Center, said the attorney, Garo Mardirossian. A cause of death was not immediately available.

In an incident now under investigation by prosecutors, Anaheim police officers stopped Valenzuela on July 2 after receiving a call about a suspicious man following a woman to her home in the 2600 block of West Broadway Avenue, Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.

Valenzeula, 32, became combative as the officers tried to arrest him on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia, Wyatt said. After eight to 10 minutes, Valenzuela stopped breathing and was rushed to the hospital, the sergeant said.

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