Sacto 9-1-1
September 13, 2013
Update: Coroner says 'no fatal trauma' found on man who died in Sacramento police custody

The Sacramento County Coroner's office said today that an autopsy revealed no fatal trauma on the man who died in Sacramento police custody Thursday.

The cause of death for 42-year-old Ruben Juarez remains unknown, pending toxicology results, according to a news release from the coroner's office.

Juarez, whose last address is unknown to the coroner's office, fell unconscious shortly after being handcuffed by officers who had been flagged down by witnesses reported a man acting bizarrely in the 5300 block of Franklin Boulevard, near a police substation.

The officers observed the man's strange behavior - which included him rolling around on the ground - and tried to assess whether the man needed help, said police Officer Doug Morse.

The man told officers he had used some narcotics, Morse said, before rolling under a parked car. The officers reached under the car and retrieved him, then handcuffed him. They removed the handcuffs and administered aid once they noticed he had fallen unconscious.

Morse said no force was used in the encounter. However, the incident is being investigated as an in-custody death as a matter of protocol and will be reviewed by homicide and internal affairs detectives and the city's Office of Public Safety Accountability.

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