A Bend man died this week, eight days after a confrontation with police outside the St. Charles Bend emergency room.
Jerry J. Nichols, 64, died Monday, said Deschutes County Deputy District Attorney Steve Gunnels. The office is reviewing an investigation of Nichols’ altercation with Bend police as well as what caused his death.
Employees at the hospital called 911 about 7 p.m. Aug. 12 to report that a patient was assaulting emergency room workers, Bend police said. Police identified Nichols as the patient.
An officer tried to subdue Nichols using a Taser, but when that failed slapped him, police said. Nichols was then admitted to St. Charles in critical condition before his death.
Gunnels said he is waiting on an autopsy report from the Oregon state medical examiner. The report should be out in two weeks to a month.