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Man dies in Jamestown Police custody

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Buffalo: Man dies in Jamestown Police custody
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In Chautauqua County, an investigation is underway after a man died while in custody of the Jamestown Police Department this weekend.

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Police say 30-year-old Charles Baker was a passenger in vehicle involved in a traffic stop Saturday afternoon. They say Baker was detained for a violation, and disposed of several baggies of cocaine in the back seat of a patrol car.

He was charged with tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a controlled substance and taken to the city jail.

Police say when Baker was removed from the patrol car, another baggie of cocaine fell to the ground, and when officers went to pick it up, they say Baker stepped on it and an officer's hand.

They say yet another baggie of cocaine fell to the floor in the booking room, and Baker became physically aggressive and was subdued with an Electronic Control Device; also known as a taser.

Police say a couple hours later, Baker suffered an apparent seizure and was taken to WCA Hospital, where he suffered another one, and later died.

Now, the Chautauqua County District Attorney is investigating to see if there was any criminal activity involved in Baker's death.

"My immediate response will be to gather the information, get all the documents, if there's video footage, take a look at the video footage; ultimately we'll not be able to make any sort of decision until we do get the final autopsy report back," said David Foley, Chautauqua County District Attorney.

"This death right here is uncalled for. He didn't deserve this, I know that. But he was a good dude. Give you the shoes off his back, had a good heart, might have got into some bad stuff like boys do, but with a good heart," said Charles Baker Senior.

Foley says it typically takes upwards of eight weeks to get a final autopsy report.

We'll hear more from both the District Attorney and Baker's father coming up later on YNN. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP