Mental health patient dies a week after police incident

REDDING, Calif. - A mental health patient who stopped breathing after being taken into custody by Redding police officers has died.

33-year-old Matthew Robinson was treated all week long after being listed in critical condition just after the incident around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, July 20, at the Restpadd Psychiatric Health Facility on Eureka Way.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office took over the investigation once Robinson was rushed to Mercy Medical Center for his injuries, according to the Multi-Agency Critical Incident Protocol.

The sheriff's office said Redding police were called to the psychiatric facility after staff reported Robinson acting aggressively and irrationally upon arrival from Enloe Medical Center in Chico.

Once there, police said Robinson punched an officer and was taken to the ground where he continued to resist until other officers could help take him into custody.

A short time later, officers recognized he was suffering some kind of medical distress and not breathing. Officers attempted CPR before he was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he died Monday.

An autopsy was performed on Tuesday, attended by members of the Shasta County District Attorney's Office, Shasta County Grand Jury, Shasta County Sheriff's Office and the Redding Police Department.

The cause of Robinson's death has not been determined and the investigation is ongoing.

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