Man dies following scuffle with Culpeper officers, state police investigating



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CULPEPER, Virginia — State police are investigating the death of man following a scuffle with several Culpeper police officers.

Culpeper police tell media outlets that, during a routine patrol, an officer saw 30-year-old Dominick R. Wise in the middle of a street walking in circles on Sunday night. He appeared to be intoxicated and was acting erratically, according to a news release. Police say Wise fled when the officer tried to get him out of the street.

Other officers responded and tried to arrest Wise near an apartment complex. Police say the officers used stun guns after Wise swung and kicked at them. One officer was injured.

More officers arrived and Wise was arrested.

Police say Wise then became unresponsive and was taken to a hospital after CPR was administered. He died hours later. Wise's body was transported to the medical examiner in Manassas for an autopsy.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says Culpeper Police Chief Chris Jenkins asked the agency to investigate the use of force incident. The Culpeper department also is investigating, as required by department policy.

Jenkins offered condolences to Wise's family.

"Any loss of life of a loved one, no matter the circumstances, is always tragic and very much too soon," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wise family as they mourn their loss."

Wise's sister, Sabrina Wise, called the 2002 Culpeper County High School graduate a "respectful guy who loved his daughter and was very funny."

"It's unbelievable that he's gone and not here anymore," she said. "His presence is definitely here."

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