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All four officers were placed on administrative leave as is standard procedure while the incident is being investigated.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Police say a Salem man died Saturday night after physically resisting officers of the Salem Police Department during his arrest.
Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada says the incident began at 7:38 p.m. when Salem Police were called to an apartment at 1251 Royvonne Ave SE #5 regarding a report of a male trespassing at that location.
"While investigating the trespass situation, officers encountered and attempted to arrest 37-year old Gregory Rold, who violently resisted the officers," Okada said.
"Rold continued to violently resist the officers' attempts to take him into custody, causing the officers to deploy their Tasers and ASP batons."
Okada says once Rold was restrained and handcuffed, "officers noticed that Rold was unconscious and unresponsive. Officers called for immediate medical assistance and rendered emergency medical aid to Rold until medical assistance arrived."
Rold was transported to Salem Hospital where he died at approximately 9:27 p.m.
The officers involved in this incident were Officers Jacob Pratt, Eric Brown, Adam Waite, and Corporal Darron Mumey. Officer Pratt was injured during the altercation and was treated at Silverton Hospital.
Okada says all four officers were placed on administrative leave as is standard procedure while the incident is being investigated.
"This leave is not disciplinary in nature, but is common in situations where officers become involved in extremely traumatic events in the line of duty," he said.
The Oregon State Police is conducting the investigation of this incident.
This is standard policy for the Salem Police Department to request the Oregon State Police and the Marion County District Attorney's Office to conduct an independent investigation of situations of this nature.
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