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Sheriff's Office: Motley death not caused by external injuries

By Nate Hauser
Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:04:14 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 13 2013 11:54:58 AM CST
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33-year-old Steven Motley died after allegedly stealing a police car, leading police on a circuitous chase, and resisting arrest. He went into cardiac arrest at the scene, and eventually died at an out-of-area hospital.  His mother still blames police despite a coroner's report clearing them of his death.  http://bit.ly/19FSlcJ

REDDING, Calif. -

A cause of death for a Redding man who fled from police and died after the ensuing struggle was released Wednesday.

According to a Shasta County Sheriff’s Office press release 33-year-old Steven A. Motley died of “Cardiopulmonary Arrest during a violent struggle with police in an individual under the influence of Methamphetamine.”

The autopsy was performed Oct. 10 by the Yolo County coroner.

The document also states, “Motley had toxic levels of Methamphetamine in his system (Methamphetamine Intoxication) which also contributed to his cause of death.”

Motley received numerous injuries while struggling with law enforcement but the sheriff’s report denies that this was a factor in his death saying, “The finding of the pathologist was that none of the external injuries contributed to Steven Motley’s death.”

The Redding Police Department has provided the names of the officers involved, they are: Officer Jared Hebert, Officer Wes Townsley, Officer Brandon Largent, Officer Becky Zufall and Corporal Chris Jacoby.

Motley was involved in a pursuit with Redding police after allegedly stealing a truck Oct. 5 and then failing to pull over for law enforcement vehicles. The situation escalated when according to police, Motley fled on foot circling around to steal a police cruiser. Motley was eventually chased down where a Taser was used but he continued to struggle and was ultimately arrested. After being taken into custody officers noticed Motley going into cardiac arrest and summoned an ambulance. Motley was transported to a local hospital before being moved to a Sacramento hospital where he died on Oct. 8, 2013.

Officials say the investigation is continuing and upon conclusion of the reports by assisting agencies, the case will be reviewed by the District Attorney. A review by the District Attorney’s Office is consistent with the Shasta County Critical Incident Protocol.