Lorenzo Hayes, 37

Spokane, Washington
May 13, 2015

Agencies: Spokane Police Department - Washington

Cause of death: Response to Medical Emergency

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The Medical Examiner's Office said 37-year-old Lorenzo Hayes died Wednesday morning after suffering a medical emergency while in police custody and being taken to the hospital. According to reports, the Medical Examiner's Office is still currently investigating the cause and manner of death. Spokane Police arrested Hayes Wednesday morning after a domestic violence call on N. Addison and E. Sanson where he was allegedly armed with a rifle. Officers were able to determine there was a domestic violence no-contact order in place and Hayes was in violation of that order. Officers said that the order also made it illegal for him to possess firearms. Police said Hayes violated the no contact order, but family members disagree saying this was his home and that he was not the one who violated it.

On January 11, 2016, it was reported that the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office ruled law enforcement officers were not criminally responsible for Hayes' death.

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August 2015 Lawsuit filed

January 2016 Officers cleared-no charges

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