Sacto 9-1-1
May 28, 2013
Coroner: Man who died in Sacramento police custody did not suffer fatal trauma

The Sacramento County Coroner's Office said today that the man who died in Sacramento police custody Friday night did not die as the result of traumatic injury.

It is not yet clear how John Nat Torretti Jr. died, and the coroner's office still awaits the results of toxicology tests, according to a news release.

But the finding appears to discount the concern among some community members that Torretti died of injuries suffered at the hands of police officers who attempted to take him into custody.

"We hope this would alleviate any concerns that the public had," said Officer Doug Morse, a police spokesman. "The coroner's report is extremely consistent with what investigators have found during the investigation."

Officers noticed Torretti had lost consciousness shortly after a violent struggle with officers trying to take the 42-year-old man into custody. One officer struck Torretti with a baton and used pepper spray, but neither were effective in subduing the suspect, according to police. Officers ultimately were able to take him into custody, in part after a bystander kicked the suspect and helped police regain control.

Officers came into contact with Torretti after responding to a call from a Folsom Boulevard store employee who said a man had entered the store and was making "unintelligible statements," causing the employee to fear for her safety.

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