Alleged use of force incident involving Gallup police probed

New Mexico

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say they’re investigating an alleged use of force incident involving Gallup police last month that resulted in a man’s death.

Officers were dispatched to a department store June 28 to remove an intoxicated man, who was later identified as 41-year-old Rodney Lynch of Gallup.

Police say Lynch was combative with the officers on scene and was taken into custody and transported to an alcohol treatment center.

When they arrived at the facility, police say Lynch struck one of the officers and again became combative.

As officers tried to gain control of Lynch, a sergeant noticed that Lynch appeared unconscious.

Lynch was transported to a Gallup-area hospital and then to an Albuquerque hospital where he later died.

The cause and manner of Lynch’s death remains under investigation.

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