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Pima County Sheriff's Department: Inmate died after 'use of force'

Pima County Sheriff's Department: Inmate died after 'use of force'

Pima County Sheriff's officials are investigating a death after a "use-of-force encounter" between corrections officers and an inmate at the county jail,  officials said. 

The Pima County Minimum Security Facility inmate, Francisco Ruiz, 39, died November 14 around 9:30 p.m., Sheriff Mark Napier said in a news release Tuesday.  

Ruiz was booked into the facility the night of Nov. 13, less than 24 hours before the incident. The Tucson Police Department arrested him on a warrant for several domestic violence violations and possession of drug paraphernalia, said Frank Magos, a police department spokesman. 

The department's criminal investigations unit is investigating the incident, the news release said. The department's homicide unit is leading the investigation, Deputy Marissa Hernandez, spokeswoman for the department, said.

Life-saving measures were administered to the inmate, but were unsuccessful, the news release said.

The investigation is ongoing. No other information has been released. 

Contact reporter Stephanie Casanova at scasanova@tucson.com. On Twitter: @CasanovaReports

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