Suspected car thief who resisted arrest drops dead while being booked into jail (video)

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By: Wayne Morin 

(Scroll down for video) A suspect who was being booked into jail, collapsed and died at a police station, police in California said.

The Sacramento Police Department and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department are conducting a joint investigation into the death of the suspect who died while in police custody.

Police said that the 49-year-old male suspect is believed to have had a medical emergency upon arriving at the Sacramento County Main Jail booking area.

Emergency medical assistance was immediately administered and the man was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The incident surrounding the man’s arrest began earlier that morning, when a citizen flagged down an officer in the area of 19th and H Streets.

The citizen relayed to the officer that a suspicious male subject appeared to be looking into car windows and possibly tampering with vehicles.

The officer immediately spotted a suspect matching the description and approached the suspicious man. After refusing to comply with verbal commands, the suspect physically resisted, pulling away from the officer’s attempt to detain him.

The officer was forced to call for emergency assistance to help physically control the man, who was then safely detained and transported to the Sacramento County Main Jail for booking.

Upon arriving inside the jail facility, the suspect continued to be physically and verbally resistive. Shortly after being removed from the patrol vehicle by deputies, the suspect became unresponsive, prompting emergency medical aid by Sheriff deputies on scene.

The suspect was rushed to an area hospital by the Sacramento Fire Department, where he was pronounced dead. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office will determine the official cause of death and forward its findings as prescribed by law.