Coro­ner iden­ti­fies man found dead in his cell

The Mercury News Weekend - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mark Gomez and Ja­son Green Staff writ­ers Con­tact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869 and Ja­son Green at 408-920-5006.

MIL­PI­TAS » The Santa Clara County Med­i­cal Ex­am­in­erCoroner’s Of­fice iden­ti­fied 36-year- old Car­los Aguilar as the in­mate who was found de­ceased Sun­day night at the Elm­wood Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity.

The coro­ner’s of­fice ruled the cause of death as sui­cide.

Aguilar was found un­re­spon­sive in a sin­gle-per­son cell at about 7:56 p.m., ac­cord­ing to the Santa Clara County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, which over­sees the jail. Deputies and med­i­cal per­son­nel at the fa­cil­ity tried to re­vive him, and re­quested out­side med­i­cal as­sis­tance.

The Mil­pi­tas Fire De­part­ment ar­rived about 8:08 p.m. and pro­nounced Aguilar dead 19 min­utes later.

Sher­iff’s of­fice de­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death with the Santa Clara County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice and the Santa Clara County Med­i­cal Ex­am­in­erCoroner’s Of­fice.

Aguilar was booked July 25 on charges re­lated to car­ry­ing a loaded firearm in a ve­hi­cle as well as sev­eral ve­hi­cle code vi­o­la­tions for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, ac­cord­ing to the sher­iff’s of­fice.

Be­fore Aguilar’s death, the county’s last in- cus­tody death oc­curred Oct. 14, when Isai Lopez, 23, of San Jose, was found un­re­spon­sive in a sin­gle-per­son cell at the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose.

Au­thor­i­ties con­cluded Lopez hung him­self, but fam­ily mem­bers and jail-re­form ad­vo­cates say it just isn’t pos­si­ble. The sher­iff ’ s of­fice, in re­sponse, re­leased a state­ment say­ing there was “over­whelm­ing video ev­i­dence that … Lopez com­mit­ted sui­cide.”

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