Authorities released the names Friday of three officers involved in the arrest of a man who died after allegedly breaking through a fence and entering a Point Loma home, where he fought with a resident and scuffled with police.
Buddie Thomas Nichols, 40, was pronounced dead at a hospital late Tuesday afternoon. That’s about an hour after officers Brian Kashouty, Scott Springer and Taylor Davoren arrested him, according to San Diego police.
Kashouty, Springer and Davoren have been with the department for six, four and 1 1/2 years, respectively, Lt. Matt Dobbs said.
The events that led to Nichols’ death began about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, when he allegedly broke down a fence behind a house in the 2900 block of Hornet Way and entered the residence through an unlocked door, Dobbs said.
The couple who live in the home were upstairs at the time, and their young daughter was asleep on the ground floor, the lieutenant said.
Hearing unusual sounds, one of the residents went downstairs and confronted Nichols, Dobbs said. A fight broke out and the resident punched the intruder twice, knocking him unconscious.
The resident then kicked Nichols, who awoke, got up and ran outside, according to Dobbs. Nichols remained outside, loitering and behaving “strangely,” Dobbs said.
Later, a patrol officer arrived at the residence in response to a 911 call and tried to take Nichols into custody. Two more officers assisted, then paramedics were summoned.
As the crew assessed the detainee’s condition, he lost consciousness. After Nichols was taken to a hospital, he was pronounced dead about 5 p.m.
Authorities continue to await a ruling on Nichols’ cause of death.
Though the reasons for Nichols’ behavior remain unknown, witnesses told police he was under the influence of some sort of drug, Dobbs said. Another call from a resident who said a man was trying to enter homes in the 2900 block of Belknap Way, is believed to be connected to the case.
– City News Service
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