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N4T Investigators: 2nd autopsy will be investigated by county attorney’s office

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TUCSON (KVOA) - Monday night News 4 Tucson told you about a second autopsy performed on a man who died while in Tucson Police custody.

Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez died on April 21.

Three officers resigned - rather than be fired.

The family ordered the second autopsy done.

While the two reports have similar findings the major difference is the cause of death.

The Pima County Medical Examiners office conducted the autopsy on 27-year-old Ingram-Lopez the day after he died, after being restrained by three Tucson Police officers.

The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner reported in the first autopsy,

"…The cause of death is ascribed to sudden cardiac arrest in the setting of acute cocaine intoxication and physical restraint with cardiac left ventricular hypertrophy as a significant contributing condition."

The News 4 Tucson Investigators learned that as part of the investigation into Ingram-Lopez's death the pathologist and several witnesses viewed the Tucson police bodycam footage from the night of the incident when former officers Samuel Routledge, Ryan Starbuck, and Jonathan Jackson responded to Ingram Lopez' grandmother's house and found him naked and acting delusional.

The independent autopsy was conducted three days after Ingram-Lopez's death.

It was performed in Mesa by Dr. Philip Keen, who formerly worked as the medical examiner for Maricopa and Yavapai counties.

He also reviewed the bodycam footage and came up with a different cause of death.

" …His death is most consistent with asphyxia due to compromised airway which is best explained by a face down position restricting his breathing. While there were only small abrasions on his left back and flank he was in a face down position with his wrists cuffed and this would potentially further compromise his breathing."

We contacted the medical examiner's office to get their reaction to the second autopsy. They replied in an email.

"Beyond the release of the report, we are not offering public comment pending anticipated future litigation surrounding this death."

The county attorney's office told us they will be looking at the second autopsy and talking to the medical examiner's office about it.

They will also look at any additional evidence that's relevant to the inquiry.

And that's what the family is hoping for.

"A true investigation into looking at those actions, the indifference demonstrated by the officers is very concerning and it should be very concerning to the whole Tucson community," said Eduardo Coronado, the family attorney.

Lupita Murillo

Lupita Murillo is an investigative reporter. She is part of the Digging Deeper team that uncovers important issues focusing on crime that affects the community.

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