A Van Nuys man arrested by police died in a local hospital after
collapsing in the Burbank City Jail during an alleged combative
exchange with officers.
Daniel James Bryan, 40, died at Providence St. Joseph Medical
Center on Sunday afternoon after refusing to be fingerprinted at the
Police Department’s booking facility.
The coroner’s office had not determined the cause of his death by
Shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday, Bryan was arrested on suspicion of
resisting arrest and possessing a small amount of methamphetamine as
well as pictures of nude children, Police Sgt. John Dilibert said.
Bryan was arrested in the 3000 block of West Magnolia Boulevard.
“Bryan became uncooperative,” Dilibert said. “A struggle ensued
and he started pushing officers away.”
Eventually, Bryan was handcuffed. Police said Bryan appeared to
have ingested a small amount of methamphetamine at the scene.
Because officers were concerned Bryan had diabetes, he was taken
to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, where a doctor cleared him
for booking, police said.
Several times during booking, Bryan feigned he was collapsing,
.Police continued to try to fingerprint Bryan, who collapsed
again. But this time, he did not get up. He was transported back to
the hospital, where he died.
An internal use-of-force review of the incident is pending and the
case was referred to the county district attorney’s office for