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Hostage Suspect Dies After Struggle with Police in Santa Rosa

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A man who allegedly held two people against their will at a northeast Santa Rosa home died after an altercation with police early this morning, a police lieutenant said. A man contacted police at 2:54 a.m. to report that he and another person had been held against their will inside the home, Santa Rosa police Lt. Lance Badger said.

The caller said he had been able to escape, but that the suspect was delusional and was still in the residence with the other victim, Badger said. Officers headed to the home and met the caller, and were able to get the second victim out of the residence safely, Badger said.

The suspect became combative and fought the responding officers, Badger said. He suffered what appeared to be a medical emergency when he was taken into custody, and officers requested medical aid and gave him CPR, Badger said. Medical personnel arrived a short time later, but they were unable to revive the suspect and he was pronounced dead at the scene, Badger said. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the county district attorney’s office are investigating the incident.

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