REDDING, Conn. — The family of a Redding man who committed suicide has filed a lawsuit against the Redding Police Department, claiming that negligence at the scene caused him to die, according to the News-Times.
Redding officers went to the home of Peter Valenti on April 11, 2016, after he sent multiple text messages to friends seeking police help, the News-Times said.
An account of the police response from Patch.com includes shocking details.
Valenti, 32, had been depressed since the death of his wife a month earlier from an asthma attack, leaving him as the sole parent to their 15-month-old son, the News-Times said.
Officers eventually found Valenti hanging by a noose in the shed, but the lawsuit says that officers didn’t check his vital signs for about 15 minutes, the News-Times said.
When examining Valenti, paramedics detected a heart beat, but he died later at Danbury Hospital, the News-Times said.
Patch.com detailed the actions of the Redding officers that day, reviewing body-camera video recorded by officers, police records, and a complaint filed by the first emergency medical technician on the scene.
The officer who found Valenti first thought it was a "dummy hanging by a noose," Patch.com said.
Police Chief Doug Fuchs initially stopped an EMT from examining Valenti because it was a crime scene, Patch.com said. It took 34 minutes from the arrival of the first officer until Valenti was checked, Patch.com said.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.