Fatal Officer Involved Incident

Fatal Officer Involved Incident
Posted on 08/20/2020
On November 4, 2018, at approximately 5:56 p.m., a male subject identified as Jaime Holguin, a 53-year-old male out of Whittier, entered the Black Bear Diner located at 12325 Mountain Avenue behaving irrationally and causing a disturbance. The subject attempted to enter the kitchen area of the restaurant, assaulted staff, and was ultimately detained by employees as they requested police assistance.

Officers responded to the restaurant and contacted Holguin. Officers immediately noted he appeared to be exhibiting signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance and experiencing symptoms related to excited delirium. Knowing he needed medical attention, officers summoned medical assistance and attempted to prevent him from injuring himself or others until medical aid arrived. When medical assistance arrived, officers carried Holguin outside to receive medical care. While being attended to, he was found to be no longer breathing. Life-saving efforts were immediately initiated, and he was transported to a nearby hospital where he was later pronounced deceased by hospital staff.

Chino Police Officers did not use any force other than to restrain him by his arms and legs until paramedics arrived. However, because Holguin’s death occurred after being restrained by Chino Police Officers, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department was contacted to conduct an independent criminal investigation into his death.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Holguin’s death was a probable case of excited delirium. An autopsy performed by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s office determined that Holguin’s cause of death was acute methamphetamine toxicity. The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office conducted an independent review of the investigation and determined that the Chino Police Officers’ did not use excessive force and had the goal of keeping Holguin safe until medical aid could be obtained. The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office concluded the officers’ actions were appropriate and objectively reasonable.

Additionally, an internal investigation conducted by the Chino Police Department’s Professional Standards Unit will be conducted. This investigation will ensure that policies, procedures, and tactics were followed by the officers during the incident.

For more information, please visit the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s website: http://bit.ly/sbcpressrelease