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Monday, August 25, 2008

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Man Commits Suicide while in Police Custody

*UPDATE: After further investigation, it has been determined that Donald McMasters was an alias name often used by the deceased.  His true identity has not yet been released by the Los Angeles County Coroner.*

Los Angeles:
Los Angeles Police Department’s Force Investigation Division is investigating an apparent hanging at Hollywood Division’s jail facility.

According to investigators, 31-year-old Donald McMasters who was arrested for robbery apparently hung himself while being held at the facility.

Authorities said the jail staff was conducting routine cell checks when they discovered him hanging in a holding cell around 10:45 p.m.

Police arrested McMasters on August 25, 2008 at 3:30 p.m. and detained him at Hollywood Division’s jail where he was waiting his transfer to court.

No reportable use of force was used at the time of arrest or at any time during his detention.