Suspect, 31, dies while in police custody; family looking for answers

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Family Searching For Answers After Man Dies In Police Custody

SACRAMENTO (KTXL) -- A Sacramento family is looking for answers after a man died in the custody of the Sacramento police.

"Yeah. It's a lot of hurt and pain right now," said Jeremy Currie, brother of Edward Currie.

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Edward Currie, 31, had what police refer to as a medical emergency last night while being checked into the Sacramento County Jail.

His family went to the jail Sunday looking for answers -- answers that likely won't be quick in coming.

"Subject had a medical emergency, and the fire department was called right away, CPR began right away, and unfortunately, he died," said Sgt. Justin Brown, spokesman for the Sacramento Police.

Edward Currie was arrested in a Natomas parking lot Saturday around 8:30 p.m. after Sacramento police officers say they saw him discarding something as he walked quickly to his car.

They never recovered whatever that was, but officers say they did find drugs on Currie when they searched him.

So he was arrested and taken to the Sacramento County Jail.

"There was no indication there were some health issues at the time," Brown said.

But while Currie was in medical screening at the jail, which Brown said is standard for everyone, something happened that killed him.

The coroner is tying to figure exactly what it was.

Meanwhile, members of Currie's family say he had no health problems. They say if he was showing any signs of illness, he should have been taken to the hospital and not the jail.

Sacramento police say the medical emergency came with no warning.

"I'm not going to speak on anything, speculate anything, until I find out the cause of death of my brother. I'm not going to assume. I'm not going to guess. I don't know what it was," said Jeremy Currie.

Homicide detectives, internal affair officers, and crime scene investigators all responded to the jail to document the circumstances of Edward Currie's death.

Their findings, informed by an autopsy, will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office.

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