Salt Lake police investigate man's death while in custody

Published June 11, 2012 6:10 pm

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Salt Lake City police say they are investigating the death of a man who died while in custody Saturday.

Officers were called at 3:35 a.m. to the 700 South block of Laconia Court on a report of a man screaming on the roadway.

Police found a 44-year-old man who began to have breathing problems. An ambulance was called and the man was medically evaluated, according to police. But he subsequently stopped breathing and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The two officers who responded to the call were placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. The medical examiner's office will determine the manner and cause of the man's death.

Roxana Orellana