Gallup, NM - On June 28, 2019, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was contacted to investigate a use of force incident involving an intoxicated male and the Gallup Police Department (GPD).

State Police agents learned that on June 28, 2019 at around 8:30 p.m. GPD officers were dispatched to the JCPenney to remove an intoxicated male. The male was later identified as Rodney Lynch (41) of Gallup. Lynch was combative with the officers on scene, he was taken into custody and transported to Na Nizhoozhi Center Inc (NCI) Alcohol Treatment Center.

When they arrived at NCI, Lynch struck one of the officers and again became combative. As the officers attempted to gain control of Lynch, a sergeant and an additional officer, both of GPD arrived on scene. The sergeant noticed that Lynch appeared unconscious. The officers started first aid on Lynch and called for EMS who transported Lynch to an area hospital. Lynch was then transported to an Albuquerque hospital where he later died and was pronounced deceased by the Office of the Medical Investigator.

This case is still under investigation by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau. The cause and manner of Lynch’s death is under investigation by the Office of the Medical Investigator. The names of the officers involved will not be released by State Police. For inquiries into the duty status of the officers please contact GPD. At the conclusion of this investigation it will be sent to the appropriate district attorney for review. No additional information is available at this time