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Deautry Charles Ross, 34
Torrance, California
January 01, 2018

Last updated: about 1 year ago

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34-year-old Deautry Charles Ross was shocked with a stun gun and died in Torrance police custody after officers responded to a report of a knife-wielding suspect throwing items outside a Crate & Barrel housewares store.

Officers were sent to the store at 21710 Hawthorne Blvd. about 2:30 p.m. Monday. The man, identified by coroner’s officials as 34-year-old Deautry Charles Ross, refused police officers’ commands and ran, but they tackled him, said Torrance police Sgt. Ronald Harris.

During a scuffle with the officers, Ross tried to remove one of their handguns accordning to police. He was shot with a stun gun and had his arms and legs restrained, Harris said.

“A check of the area revealed narcotic paraphernalia and a knife,” the sergeant said.

Harris said Ross, whose place of residence was unknown, had trouble breathing once he was detained. Paramedics were summoned and transported Ross to a local hospital. About 45 minutes later, the Police Department was advised that he had died, Harris said.