On Wednesday, August 1, at approximately 2:42 p.m., Pleasanton Police patrol officers were dispatched to 5420 Sunol Blvd. regarding a disturbance inside the Raley’s grocery store. Police said a manager from the store called police after observing a white male adult in his thirties acting irrationally, picking up a shopping cart and slamming it to the ground and then opening and breaking bottles of alcohol. An employee told officers that she wanted the male placed under citizen’s arrest for theft and vandalism as she feared for the safety of customers.
Police said officers arrived within four minutes of being dispatched and contacted 38-year- old Jacob Bauer of Pleasanton. When officers attempted to detain Bauer, police said he failed to comply with requests to place his hands behind his back and resisted officers’ attempts to place him in handcuffs, including scratching and biting officers.
Officers struggled to place Bauer in handcuffs for over five minutes, according to a police account of the incident. During this time an electronic control device was used. Once Bauer was detained in handcuffs, he continued to struggle with officers. Ultimately a leg restraint device was used to safely transport him via ambulance to Stanford Valley Care for routine medical clearance, police said.
As paramedics placed Bauer into the ambulance, he displayed signs of respiratory distress. Paramedics provided immediate medical aid and transported him to Stanford Valley Care where life-saving measures were taken. Bauer was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Two Pleasanton police officers were transported to Stanford Valley Care where they received medical treatment for their injuries and were released.
The Pleasanton Police Department, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, and the Alameda County Coroner’s Office are conducting an investigation into this incident. Anyone with further information regarding this incident is encourage to contact the Pleasanton Police Department at (925) 931-5100.