Mohd Hijaz, 32, Died Following Medical Emergency While Being Arrested In Rancho Cucamonga By San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

pexels-pixabay-236380RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIFORNIA (March 21, 2024) – A 32-year-old man identified as Mohd Hijaz has tragically died after being arrested by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in Rancho Cucamonga.

San Bernardino County officials are saying that the incident took place just after midnight on Tuesday. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department was called to the 10100 block of Foothill Boulevard after getting reports of a man trying to open apartment doors and car doors.

When deputies arrived, they encountered Mohd Hijaz who was reportedly sitting and screaming inside a bush. The officers called for paramedics and asked the man if he needed help.

The deputies claim that the suspect struck an officer before he was detained. As medical personnel arrived, Mohd Hijaz experienced some type of medical emergency before being taken to a hospital.

He later died at the hospital. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Rancho Cucamonga In-Custody Deaths 

Thousands of people are injured during their interactions with law enforcement every year. Many of these encounters result in deaths. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, “Federal law enforcement agencies reported 65 arrest-related deaths and 614 deaths in custody in fiscal year (FY) 2020 (figure 1). From FY 2016 to FY 2019, federal agencies reported an average of 53 arrest-related deaths and 449 deaths in custody each year. There were more deaths in custody in FY 2020 than in any year since FY 2016.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a death during or after a person’s arrest.

  • A police officer may have used an illegal restraint that limited a suspect’s breathing.
  • A police officer may have placed a suspect in a prone position for an extended period, which limited their breathing.
  • A police officer may have hit a suspect with a beanbag round or taser.
  • A police officer may have failed to help a suspect in the midst of an overdose.

Depending on the facts of any case, a police department could be liable if a suspect in their care dies. Police officers are never permitted to use excessive force on suspects. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law, or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. It is important that certain steps be taken after any in-custody death.

  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • Body camera footage from all officers should be collected.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Medical records related to the death should be collected.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Many in-custody deaths are completely preventable. They often involve officers who are not very well trained. Sadly, though, police departments will often do everything in their power to deny responsibility if someone in their care dies. This is why it is so important to seek legal counsel as early as possible. The family of any person who died in police custody may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Investigating Rancho Cucamonga In-Custody Deaths 

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mohd Hijaz. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for what took place.

Do you need more information about any in-custody deaths in Rancho Cucamonga? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that people are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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