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Thursday, February 18, 2010

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Combative Man Hospitalized

Los Angeles:  On February 13, 2010, at about 8:30 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Northeast Area officers responded to a radio call from the Los Angeles Fire Department requesting back-up for an uncooperative man at the 3000 block of Asbury Street.  

When the officers arrived, they attempted to take the suspect, later identified as Steven Ibarra, into custody.  Ibarra resisted, became aggressive and was ultimately tased and taken to the ground by the officers.  It appeared that Ibarra was under the influence of narcotics.  Ibarra was transported to a local hospital where he was initially treated for ingestion of narcotics.  Due to his drug intoxication, it was believed he might be admitted for his drug usage.  After several hours of evaluation, it was determined that Ibarra had sustained muscle injuries that could impair his kidney function, and he was admitted.  The muscle injury may have occurred prior to any contact with officers but could not be excluded as having occurred while Ibarra was taken into custody.

Ibarra was arrested for 69 PC (Obstructing an Executive Officer).  LAPD Force Investigation Division personnel responded and handled the Law Enforcement Related Injury investigation.

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