One more piece to the puzzle in Ernest Atencio's tragic death has come to light as the Maricopa County Medical Examiner's report regarding his December 17th death is now being released. According to the report, Mr. Atencio, a 44-year old Gulf War Veteran, died of complications due to cardiac arrest. Mr. Atencio was arrested on December 16th after reports of his erratic behavior due to his failure to take medication for his mental illness. According to AzCentral.com,
"Surveillance video from the Fourth Avenue Jail showed an altercation with several Maricopa County Sheriff's Office detention officers and two Phoenix police officers began about 90 minutes after the two officers brought Atencio to the jail.
The video shows one Phoenix officer putting Atencio in a chokehold and wrestling him to the ground. About 10 officers then pile on Atencio; an MCSO detention officer is seen "drive tasing" Atencio - holding a Taser against Atencio's body to inflict pain.
About 45 minutes later, at 3:15 a.m., the video shows jail personnel dragging Atencio's limp, naked body out of a padded jail cell. He was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he died Dec. 20 after his family had him removed from life support."