Deputies stopped Parker, who was cycling nearby on Luna Road, around 5 p.m. to question him. The Sheriff's Dept. said in a press release that the deputy there believed that Parker was possibly "under the influence of an unknown substance," and that he became "uncooperative and combative."
NBC Los Angeles reported that Parker allegedly fought a female deputy, leaving bruises on her arms, and she tased Parker multiple times. She and another deputy say they struggled with Parker before they handcuffed him and put him the backseat of the patrol car. They noticed that he was sweating and having trouble breathing, so they called a medical aid to treat him, and then they had an ambulance take him to a hospital, where he died.
"That whole story is totally wrong; that’s just not Dante,” Richard Loredo, a former coworker of Parker's, told Daily Press. “Dante’s not a burglar ... You can see how well his kids were raised; he was a good dad. For the police department to portray him like that is ... unfair."
Parker's father, Darrell Parker, told NBC Los Angeles: "He was a big, gentle guy. So I don't understand it. I'm at a loss for words. I miss him already."
Parker is survived by his wife and five children, including four girls from the ages of 8 to 19, and a 5-year-old boy.
The Sheriff's Dept. is investigating Parker's death and have arranged for an autopsy to determine the cause of his death.