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Man Who Died In Police Fight Wanted For Beating 97-Year-Old

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Posted at 9:03 PM, Jul 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 08:25:29-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Authorities said a man who died after a fight with San Francisco police was wanted for the beating of a 97-year-old who employed him as a caretaker and later died from the attack.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday 57-year-old Filimoni Raiyawa of Sonoma beat Solomon Cohen in his home early Thursday.

Later that day, authorities said Raiyawa got into a car crash and then a brawl with responding officers. Police Chief Greg Suhr said he struck two of them and then other officers subdued him.

Police said he experienced a medical emergency while he was handcuffed and stopped breathing. He died at the scene.

Raiyawa's cause of death wasn't released Friday, but police were investigating.

Two officers were injured, treated at a hospital and released. 

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