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A 36-year-old Sacramento man died Friday evening following a struggle with police officers and jail staff in the Roseville City Jail. 

At 5:19 p.m. on December 11, Roseville Police officers made a traffic stop on Orlando Avenue at Cirby Way and arrested the driver without incident for possession of methamphetamine. Officers transported him to the Roseville City Jail.  Once inside the jail booking area, the man became combative and struggled with officers during the intake process.  Several police officers responded and attempted to subdue him. During the struggle, staff found an additional quantity of methamphetamine on the arrestee’s person.

During the struggle a sergeant deployed a Taser electronic control device, the darts striking the arrestee in the buttocks area.  The man continued to resist for a  short time, and then stopped breathing. Staff administered CPR and Roseville Fire Department paramedics responded, but were unable to revive the man.  He was transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The decedent’s name is being withheld until his family can be notified.  The Roseville Police Department has had no prior contacts with the man, but according to court records, he had a lengthy history of arrests in Sacramento County for crimes including robbery, vehicle theft, resisting arrest, and illegal drugs. 

The Placer County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The officers involved in the incident have been placed on paid administrative leave per department protocol. A death investigation and an internal investigation are underway.

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