3 People Died While in Police Custody in L.A., Ventura County on Saturday

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Authorities said Sunday that a man died the previous day while in custody at the Oxnard Police Department, marking the third time a person died while in custody in the Ventura and Los Angeles Counties on that day.

Juan Zavala was arrested Friday around 10:15 p.m. for resisting arrest, resisting an executive officer and escaping from arrest, according to a Ventura County Sheriff’s Office news release.

He was cleared for booking by the Ventura County Medical Center before being taken to a detention facility where he attempted to kick a deputy.

“Zavala displayed bizarre behavior and signs of being under the influence of drugs,” the news release stated.

Medical staff and jail personnel attempted to help Zavala around 2:45 a.m. Saturday when he showed signs of distress, according to the release.

Zavala was treated at a Community Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 2 p.m.

The cause of death was under investigation by the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit.

A second man died while in police custody early Saturday morning.

Officers responding to a disturbing the peace report in Lancaster believed the unidentified man was under the influence, handcuffed him and put him in the back of a patrol vehicle.

The man later became unresponsive and died at the scene.

A third person died while in custody Saturday, according to a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department news release.

Jenna Coleman was arrested on drug charges Thursday and held at the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s station.

Personnel found her lying on the cell floor and unresponsive while conducting a security check Saturday afternoon.

The 27-year-old was later pronounced dead by Los Angeles County Fire Rescue Paramedics.

The cause of death was not immediately known.

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