A mentally ill homeless man died of brain injuries due to head trauma after a violent altercation with Fullerton police officers, according to UC Irvine Medical Center records made by public by his family’s lawyer.
Kelly Thomas suffered blunt head trauma with multiple broken bones in his face and injuries to his chest in the July 5 incident at the Fullerton bus depot and was shocked with a Taser stun gun near his heart and on his back, said lawyer Garo Mardirossian.
He has filed a claim against the city of Fullerton on behalf of Thomas’ father and mother.
The immediate cause of death was listed as “brain damage” due to “head trauma” from an assault, medical records show.
No narcotics or prescription medications were found in Thomas’ body, according to medical records, Mardirossian said.
Mardirossian said “the officers repeatedly hit Thomas in the face” and they used the butt of the Taser to deliver some of those blows. He said three officers were primarily involved in the “assault.”
Thomas died after five days in the hospital when he was disconnected from life support.
Mardirossian said the beating is the only explanation for Thomas’ death given the lack of anything else in his system.
The Orange County coroner’s office has not completed its report nor provided an official cause of death, said Jim Amormino, a spokesman for the department.
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