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Michael Angel Ruiz, 44
Phoenix, Arizona
August 20, 2013

Agencies: Phoenix Police Department Arizona

Last updated: 7 months ago

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A 44-year-old man climbed onto the roof of his apartment and began acting strangely. Police arrived to help him down, but instead ended up killing him with a series of offensive maneuvers including tasing him while in a choke-hold, and finally dragging his lifeless body down a staircase, with his skull banging against every step.

Michael Angel Ruiz is the son of a retired LAPD detective and had a history of drug addiction.  On July 28, for reasons unknown, he climbed onto the roof of his apartment.  Witnesses called the police to protect his safety. This turned out to have been a fatal decision.