No charges filed against police after struggle ends in man's death

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - An investigation by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has determined there will be no charges against anyone involved in the death of a man, Kristofer Talancon, in custody in 2016.

Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen says the investigation determined, “After reviewing all reports, video surveillance, witness and involved officer interviews, medical records, FIS Reports and Diagrams, and reviewing the medical examiner’s report, this case will be closed with no criminal charges being filed against any involved individuals.”

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The investigation also cites the opinion of the Washoe County Medical Examiner, who found, “the cause of death is due to “Cardiac Arrhythmia.” The manner of death was listed as “Homicide – Complication of Being Physically Restrained.”

The Medical Examiner states, “Based on the consideration of the circumstances surrounding this death, review of law enforcement investigative reports, review of available medical history/records, autopsy examination analysis and other ancillary testing, the death of Kristofer Talancon is ascribed to cardiac arrhythmia due to methamphetamine intoxication and physical struggle/restraint by police.”

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office report concludes by saying, “There is no evidence of intent to harm or kill Kristofer Talancon on the part of the involved officers.”

The 30-year-old Talancon died after Sparks Police took him into custody October 15, 2016. Police were investigating a domestic battery report and said they developed probable cause to arrest Talancon, who was tracked to the 1200 block of Coachman Drive in Sparks.

Police said as they tried to arrest him, there was a struggle. They took him into custody and a short time later he lost consciousness. Medical assistance was given to him and he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.