The Redwood City Police Department has named the four police officers involved in an encounter with a domestic violence suspect who died following the incident.
Officers Oscar Poveda, Matthew Cydzik, Brian Simmons and Daniel Di Bona were placed on administrative leave, per protocol, while the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office investigates the death.
The incident unfolded about 7:30 p.m., when Redwood City police responded to a home in the 500 block of Lanyard Drive. A neighbor said 55-year-old Ramsey Saad, of Redwood City, was assaulting his 83-year-old mother and threatening to kill her in front of the residence, police said. Attempts by neighbors to physically restrain Saad were unsuccessful, and he attacked the first officer who tried to provide aid to his mother.
“Additional officers arrived on scene and attempted to detain the suspect but he continued to violently resist,” police said. “During the struggle the suspect became unconscious.”
Officers and paramedics began life saving measures on Saad and then transported him to the hospital, where he later died, police said.
Per protocol, the incident is now under investigation by the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.