The Attorney General’s Office is conducting an investigation into the death of a man that occurred today in the City of Trenton while the decedent was in police custody.
The investigation is being conducted by the Integrity Bureau within the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability and the New Jersey State Police Homicide Unit.
At approximately 11:48 a.m., the Trenton Police Department responded to a report of a disturbed man outside of St. Francis Hospital. Officers located the subject, who allegedly attempted to flee. Officers said they pursued and restrained him. During the encounter with Trenton Police officers, the man became unresponsive, according to the AG’s Office. Medical assistance was provided by police and emergency medical personnel, but the man was pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital.
The identity of the person is not being released at this time, according to the AG’s Office. The investigation is ongoing and no further information is being released.
This investigation is being conducted pursuant to a law enacted in January 2019, Senate Bill 1036, which requires that the Attorney General’s Office conduct investigations of a person’s death that occurs during an encounter with a law enforcement officer acting in the officer’s official capacity or while the decedent is in custody.