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SPD Statement Regarding Accidental Death

The Seattle Police Department has received numerous inquiries regarding a recent and widely publicized case involving the untimely death of a young man.

The young man was at a hospital and under the care of a physician when he died, and the King County Medical Examiner has ruled that the cause of death was accidental.

The Seattle Police Department has reviewed the medical file related to this death, as well as concerns from the community, and concur with the Medical Examiner’s findings. In keeping with the findings, the department does not have jurisdiction and cannot investigate cases where cause of death is accidental.

The department would like to express its sympathy to the man’s family, friends and loved ones.