Antonio Valenzuela Wiki – Antonio Valenzuela Biography
Antonio Valenzuela, 40, was pulled over by Las Cruces police on February 29. He was held in a chokehold known as a vascular neck restraint by Christopher Smelser and died at the scene
Antonio Valenzuela Age
He was 40 years old.
Who is Antonio Valenzuela
Valenzuela, a father-of-four, lived with his grandparents and worked a painter and mechanic.
He had a history of felony drug possession charges and minor traffic violations.
Antonio Valenzuela Death
Antonio Valenzuela, 40, died on February 29 after he was stopped by Las Cruces police.
Valenzuela had a warrant for parole violation and took off running, according to police.
Two officers used a taser twice without affecting Valenzuela.
He was captured and Christopher Smelser from Las Cruces police department held him in a neck restraint.
Valenzuela, a father of four, became unresponsive and died at the scene.
Paramedics were called but were not able to save him.
‘It wasn’t supposed to happen this way,’ said his daughter, Alexis, 18.
She told the Las Cruces Sun-News: ‘My dad wasn’t violent. He didn’t carry any weapons, nothing, for them to kill them the way they did.’
Police said that Valenzuela was resisting arrest.
‘Valenzuela was continually struggling to get away, once on the ground, during this struggle, Officer Smelser applied a vascular neck restraint technique to gain control,’ the Las Cruces police said in a statement posted on Facebook.
‘It is police policy that after any use of force, fire and ambulance are called upon to provide medical care, if necessary.
‘Mr Valenzuela was observed as non-responsive, EMS technicians attempted life-saving measures which were not successful.’
The autopsy found Valenzuela had petechial, or pinpoint, hemorrhaging in his eyes and eyelids, which is indicative of asphyxiation and may occur when the neck or chest is compressed.
His neck had a deep muscle hemorrhage. His Adam’s apple was crushed and his ribs were fractured. There was swelling in his brain, according to the report.
The OMI report states methamphetamine also played a role in his death.
The report states the presence of meth can cause a rapid heart rate, high blood pressure and an increased demand of oxygen. The meth likely placed increased stress on his cardiovascular system, according to the report.