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GPD launches death investigation after detainee dies

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - A detainee found unresponsive inside a holding cell at the Dededo Precinct Sunday afternoon had been in police custody for 3 1/2 hours before he was transported to the Guam Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  According to police spokesperson officer A.J. Balajadia officers from the Dededo Precinct responded to a call at around 8:30 Sunday morning for a police removal in the NCS Dededo area. The 27-year-old man was taken to the precinct accused of assault, aggravated assault and family violence. Balajadia says the suspect was placed in a holding cell pending transport to the Hagatna Precinct for processing. He adds it was around 12:00pm when officers noticed the detainee was non-responsive with what appeared to be his shoelaces tied around his neck. The detainee was transported by medics from the Guam Fire Department to GMH where he was pronounced dead at 12:37pm. Criminal Investigations and Internal Affairs is conducting an investigation into the incident.
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