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Man Dies While in Police Custody

An investigation is underway into the death of a man in police custody.

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The coroner’s preliminary report says that John Torreti Jr. wasn’t killed by traumatic injuries; the woman inside the store, who asked to be identified as “Diseree,” says what she witnessed wasn’t police brutality.

“The male officer, he just like threw him to the ground right away. He just started giving the male officer a hell of a fight. He was mostly trying to hit the officer,” said Diseree.

Diseree feared that if police arrived at the Metro PCS store on Folsom Boulevard a few minutes later, Toretti would have made good on his threats.

“He was saying in appropriate sexual things, and then he wanted to go in the back. He kept wanting me to take him in the back,” said Diseree.

Cops say the surveillance video from the Metro PCS and Diserees eyewitness accounts back up their claims that officers used necessary force.

“That’s when he tried to throw the male officer down on the floor. He started giving them a hell of a fight … The male officer is about five foot and he is like six foot, ” said Diseree.

Police say a female officer on scene first used pepper spray and then her baton to get the suspect under control.

“That the officers arm is being bit and the subject is still resisting. The officer with the baton actually struck the subject in the legs and in the body but not in the head,” said Michelle Gigante with Sacramento Police.

Diseree believes drugs were definitely involved.

“He was trying to bite the female officers shoe. He wouldn’t stop he had to be on drugs,” said Diseree.

This incident is still under investigation, police are waiting for a toxicology report to see if drugs played a role in Torreti’s death.

Man Who Died in Custody Identified, Mother Talks to FOX40

A photo of John Torretti provided by his family.

SACRAMENTO-

Preliminary autopsy results from the Sacramento County Coroner say the man who died in Sacramento Police custody was not killed by traumatic injuries.

John Torreti was in a fight with officers before he was arrested Friday night.

The coroner’s office says their work is not complete, and toxicology results are still pending.

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05/27/13

Man Who Died in Custody Identified, Mother Talks to FOX40

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The mother of a man who died while in Sacramento Police custody says she spoke with her son every week, during an exclusive interview with FOX40.

Friday night, John Torretti died after a struggle with officers outside a Metro PCS store along Folsom Boulevard.

According to Sacramento Police, they found 42-year-old Torretti inside the store refusing to come out. After a struggle, he came out and overpowered one of the officers. Pepper spray and a baton were used on Torreti.

After getting him into the cop car, he became unresponsive and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

His mother, who talked to FOX40 Monday, said she had not spoken with police and was only contacted by the Sacramento County Coroner who told her that her son was dead.

She said her son was loved, and she spoke with him often, even though she had not seen him in a year or two.

She also told FOX40 Torretti sustained a head injury when he was a teenager and had some issues after that. However, since he was an adult, she could not force him to be tested by a doctor for possible mental or brain issues.

Kim Rankin contributed to this report

SACRAMENTO—

Police say that a violent struggle preceded the in custody death of a man in front of a Metro PCS store along Folsom Boulevard Friday evening.

As reported Friday, officers were called by a woman working at a Metro PCS store along Folsom Boulevard Friday evening who said there was a suspicious man inside with her.

She later called back and said she felt threatened by the man. When cops arrived at the store, the man was holding the doors shut and refused to come out. Officers were able to pull the door open, and then began to struggle with the man.

According to a press release issued Saturday, the man began to physically overpower one of the officers, with the struggle moving from inside the store to out on the sidewalk.

A second officer is said to have used pepper spray and baton strikes on the man to no avail, police say.

Two citizens and a security guard also tried to help free the officer from the man – with the citizens kicking the man and the security guard using a baton. Soon, back up officers showed up and the man was taken into custody.

Police then say that they noticed the man was unresponsive. He was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead. The cause of death is not known at this time.

Authorities are actively investigating the incident.

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05/24/13

Man Dies While in Police Custody

breakingnewsSACRAMENTO-

An investigation is underway into the death of a man in police custody.

Officers were called by a woman working at a Metro PCS store along Folsom Boulevard Friday evening who said there was a suspicious man inside with her.

She later called back and said she felt threatened by the man. When cops arrived at the store, the man was holding the doors shut and refused to come out.

Officers were able to pull the door open, and then began to struggle with the man.

At some point during the struggle, police tell FOX40 the man passed out. Officers then rushed him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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