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Bernalillo police release identity of man who died at Wal-Mart during struggle with officers


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Authorities have identified the 45-year-old man who died while fighting with Bernalillo police as Ben A. CdeBaca.

Bernalillo Police Chief Tom Romero also said Tuesday that an autopsy was conducted Monday, and its results will be released after a toxicology report is completed.

According to police, Cdebaca had been involved in a domestic dispute and vehicle crash Sunday before running to a Wal-Mart, where he got involved in a struggle with employees and customers. When police arrived, the struggling continued as officers restrained Cdebaca, placed handcuffs on him and moved him outside. At some point, Cdebaca became unresponsive.

It's not known if he had an underlying health condition.

Four Bernalillo police officers were placed on two days paid administrative leave. Romero says they are expected to return to shifts Wednesday.

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