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Man Dies While in Custody of Redding Police

By Chelsea KAY, @ChelseaKayTv
Published On: Oct 09 2012 07:49:23 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

More details are coming out about a man died while in custody of Redding Police on Fri., Oct. 5.

Police had arrested the man, 44-year-old Scott Wininger, on Wednesday after a reported disturbance.

Investigators said that Wininger attempted to run away, got into a struggle with officers and had been exhibiting unusual strength when the officers pulled out a stun gun to subdue him.

At that point, investigators said that Wininger stopped breathing and they took him to Mercy Medical Center where he died on Friday morning.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said that Redding Police Officers found Wininger “acting bizarre” and “possibly under the influence of a controlled substance.”

Wininger’s roommates, Charles Bennett and John Tritle, said that he was not acting like himself.

“He definitely wasn’t Scott,” Bennett said. “He was definitely doing something bad. It wasn’t good. It wasn’t Scott. Just a sad thing that happened to him.”

Bennett and Tritle said Wininger had just broken up with his girlfriend and was in the process of trying to get custody of his son.

They both believed the stress of the custody battle may have driven the recovering addict to begin using controlled substances again.

The sheriff's office major crimes unit is still investigating what happened. The Redding police officers involved have not been named.