Clovis Police Dept. Issues Information About Woman’s In-Custody Death

CLOVIS, Calif. (KMJ/FOX26) — The Clovis Police Department issued a news release about an investigation of an in-custody death of a woman.

The purpose of the news release is because the department wants to correct whey they call “inaccurate information which has been provided to the media.”

Police say 35-year-old Isabel De La Torre died on March 24th after she was arrested.

Officers responded to a 911 call just before midnight to an apartment complex in the 200 block of W. Alamos Ave.

The caller requested help, telling the 911 operator that there was an adult in the apartment acting erratically.

The department says the dispatcher could hear sounds of a disturbance occurring in the background.

Officers say they identified themselves through the unlocked door and were provided access to the apartment by the 911 caller.

That’s when police say De La Torre became combative and charged at officers, which included a K-9 officer.

She was restrained and placed in handcuffs.

While officers were waiting for Emergency Medical Services, they say De La Torre suffered a medical episode and stopped breathing.

EMS administered CPR and took her to Community Regional Medical Center.

24 hours after being hospitalized, De La Torre passed away.

It was later determined that she had a potentially toxic level of methamphetamine in her system.

We understand the community’s concern over this incident and the desire to have as much confirmed information as possible.

The Clovis Police Department is waiting for the full report from the Fresno County Coroner’s Office.

This ongoing investigation.

On Friday, lawyers held a news conference announcing a civil rights lawsuit against the Clovis Police Department.

The department says, “We want to express our condolences to the family and friends of Isabel De La Torre. Immediately following the unfortunate incident, and several times since, we reached out to the family to provide details of the incident.”

At this time we have not yet received a response.

by Stephen Hawkins/KMPH FOX26