Police probe second in-custody death
An investigator from the West Sacramento Police Department, center, joins Davis police officers Friday at the Pacifico
Student Housing Cooperative in South Davis. James K. Dugger, 56, was arrested there Friday morning, but he stopped breathing while in handcuffs, just as an ambulance pulled up. Dugger was pronounced dead at Sutter Davis Hospital. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo
Friday's death of a 56-year-old man while in Davis police custody marked the law-enforcement agency's second such incident to occur in less than four months.
"To have two in such a close amount of time, it's very disturbing," said Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel, whose agency's only prior in-custody death was a burglar that an officer shot and killed after being fired upon first back in the 1980s.
While officers frequently train to prevent such situations, "we just hadn't experienced it first-hand," Pytel said. Continue Reading