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Monday, July 14, 2008

California man dies

Deshoun Keyon Torrence, 18, Long Beach, California

... Authorities are still trying to determine how Deshoun Keyon Torrence of Lake Elsinore died ... The teen struggled with police and residents of the apartment complex but was alert and coherent when paramedics treated him at the scene for a laceration to the head, said Long Beach Police Cmdr. Laura Farinella ... Long Beach Fire Department Capt. Mike Duree said paramedics were dispatched at about 9:40 p.m. in response to reports of a man with lacerations on his hands. DuRee said Torrence was treated at the scene for injuries and remained in police custody ... But shortly after paramedics left, police discovered Torrence was not breathing in the back of the police car. Paramedics returned and determined him to be dead at the scene ... "It's always a concern when someone dies in our custody," the commander said. "There was no indication that in five minutes this kid was going to die. We're just as baffled and concerned as anybody as to why he died."

Residents at the 16-unit complex, including the manager, who lives on site and asked not to be identified, said police used a Taser on the suspect several times.

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