Cause of death under investigation
On Thursday at 6:33 p.m., officers responded to a fail to stop and identify accident with no one around the vehicle, the vehicle had struck a pole at S.12th & Bagby. A second call was received indicating that a black male wearing a green shirt was walking around near the accident, and acting strange or possibly that something was wrong with him.
The first officer arrived and encountered the subject and began trying to identify him, as well as asking questions of him. The officer determined that he was experiencing some type of an event and acting very confused and immediately asked for backup. When the second officer arrived they began efforts to get him to stand still and once he began walking out into the roadway they took action to protect him and themselves.
He would not respond to officer’s attempts to get him out of the road and gain compliance, therefore a taser was used in an attempt to gain control over the subject. When the third officer arrived he saw officers trying to get the subject under control. The officer ran up to assist and placed leg restraints on the subject and he very shortly broke them into separate pieces. Officers were finally able to bring him under control, and one officer noticed that the subject was no longer responding to them verbally or physically.
The officers immediately requested paramedics and began live saving procedures until medical arrived on scene. The subject was transported to a local hospital and arrived in critical and unstable condition. Emergency room staff continued live saving until he was pronounced dead at 10:24 p.m.. Judge DeCluitt ordered an autopsy and he was transported to South West Institute of Forensic Sciences by Waco Mortuary Service. The subject has been identified as 36-year-old Rodney Green of Waco.
The vehicle involved in the original call did come back registered to the subject.