CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the State Attorney's Office have concluded a criminal investigation into the death of Daniel Linsinbigler, Jr., and determined that Linsinbigler, 19, died of no criminal wrongdoing.
According to a investigative summary by State Attorney Stephen Nelson, the March 12 death was a result of an accidental unintended death, not criminal wrongdoing.
According to the medical examiner report in the case, Linsinbigler's manner of death was a homicide, and the cause of death asphyxia.
On March 2, Linsinbigler was being held at the Clay County Jail on misdemeanor crime/charges for indecent exposure and trespassing. He was transferred to solitary confinement and placed on suicide watch on March 3.
Early on the morning of March 12, Linsinbigler allegedly became disruptive and refused to be handcuffed, according to the release. Police pepper sprayed him and placed him in a restraint chair. The release said police put a "spit mask" on him because he was secreting mucus and saliva due to the pepper spray.
Linsinbigler was placed in an open area away from the pepper spray and monitored closely by officials. Police observed him moving around at 8:56 a.m. and then was seen not moving at 9:06 a.m.
Jail medical personnel performed CPR and was transported to Orange Park Medical Center where he later died.
"The Clay County Sheriff's Office would like to express its deepest condolences to the Linsinbigler family as the loss of life under any circumstances is tragic," said Sheriff Rick Beseler. "However, the State Attorney's Office has ruled that there was no criminal conduct on behalf of any member of the Clay County Sheriff's Office.
He continued, "The responses of the agency members to the resistance offered by Mr. Lisinbigler were lawful and within the scope of their duties."
A Clay County Sheriff's Office press release said it is standard procedure for the agency to conduct an internal affairs investigation and to convene a use-of-force review board. That process will begin now that the criminal investigation is concluded.
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