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Wayne Hoffman in Santa Rosa police custody

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The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who died in Santa Rosa police custody Sunday as 47-year-old Wayne Hoffman. Hoffman, of Santa Rosa, appeared to die from a medical emergency after a struggle with police, Santa Rosa police Lt. Clay Van Artsdalen said. Hoffman was riding a bicycle around 1 a.m. Sunday when police tried to stop him for an undisclosed traffic violation in the area of Sucher Lane and Nordyke Avenue near Steele Lane and U.S. Highway 101, Van Artsdalen said.

Hoffman continued riding and police pursued him on Nordyke Avenue, where he was taken into custody after a struggle, Van Artsdalen said. He suffered a medical emergency and officers called for medical aid and gave Hoffman CPR, Van Artsdalen said. Hoffman was pronounced dead at a hospital. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident.

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