Law Enforcement Involved Fatal Incident Protocol invoked
By Richmond Police Department
At around 10:35 a.m., Wednesday morning, March 10, 2021, the Richmond PD Communications Center received a 911 call from a business owner in the 12600 block of San Pablo Avenue, advising of an individual who was creating a disturbance inside the business and damaging property. When officers arrived, they found the 47-year-old man stumbling around. He had fallen to the ground. The man appeared to be in medical distress or under the influence of drugs. Officers tried to calm the man and provided medical assistance to him until the paramedics arrived.
Officers placed him in a prone position while one officer placed his knee on the individual’s lower back to handcuff him. The man was placed on a gurney and taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, despite all lifesaving measures the man passed away.
Due to the circumstances, the county-wide Law Enforcement Involved Fatal Incident Protocol was invoked. That means that members of the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office are currently conducting an independent investigation of this incident.
The Contra Costa County Coroner’s Office identified the man as 47-year-old Ivan Gutzalenko. According to two internet searches, he was a resident of Bay Point. According to a BART news report, on Jan. 13, 2006, authorities arrested Gutzalenko, then 32 years old, “in Walnut Creek for possession of four destructive devices and several illegal firearms including three fully automatic assault rifles” with the help of “one of BART’s bomb sniffing dog teams.”
Any person who may have any information related to this incident is asked to please contact Homicide Detective Savannah Stewart at (510) 620-6541, email her at email@example.com or they can contact Richmond’s anonymous tip line at (510) 307-T1PS (8177).
Allen Payton contributed to this report.