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Cops: Man Who Hanged Himself in Custody Didn't Seem Suicidal

Investigation remains ongoing into Wednesday evening suicide at Seventh Precinct.

Police said on Friday that a Rocky Point man who hanged himself in police custody less than 48 hours earlier had not shown prior signs of suicide during his arrest and processing, but on the contrary, appeared at ease with police officers after previously resisting arrest in a Shoreham neighborhood.

"After the altercation, the officers' entire interaction with him was calm," said Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick commander of the Suffolk Police homicide squad, which is conducting an investigation into the death.

Fitzpatrick noted that the Rocky Point man, 27-year-old Jack Franqui, had previous run-ins with the law.

In December of 2011, Suffolk Police were called to Franqui's home at the time after reports of a man waving a shotgun outside, Fitzpatrick said. Upon police arrival, Franqui did not have a shotgun, but later reportedly pulled a handgun on police, resulting in a wrestling match that ended up with a gunshot firing into the ceiling of the home.

He was later evaluated at Mather Hospital, and at the time of Wednesday's incident, did not have a license to drive.

According to Fitzpatrick, on Wednesday, police received a report of a suspicious vehicle on Cordwood Path in Shoreham, an area that has seen a few burglaries recently.

The responding officer smelled marijuana in the car upon approaching and after asking Franqui to get out, he reportedly told a Doberman Pinscher in the car to 'get her,' referring to the female cop.

She slammed the door before the dog could get out, Fitzpatrick said, and after a brief scuffle, Franqui was brought to Seventh Precinct headquarters in Shirley, where he was later lodged in a cell alone.

While video cameras monitor holding cells, Fitzpatrick was unsure how a prisoner was able to have the time to fashion a noose and hang himself.

"That's part of the investigation," he said. 

Jesse April 14, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Criminally negligent homicide that's what it was and the man watching that monitor should be in the same cell jack was he was my best friend since middle school the vehicle wasn't suspicious they had it out for jack for a long time and he did not deserve what happened to him Clint should shut his mouth and not speak about what he dosent know I hope the scpd is brought to justice on this and jacks father sees compensation even though it will do nothing for the loss of his son it's a start
Ethel Franqui April 14, 2013 at 04:52 PM
God bless us all and help us through this tragedy. Thank you Jesse.
ARCH STANTON April 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM
MY CONDOLENCES TO THE MOTHER. NO PARENT WANTS TO LOSE A CHILD.
ARCH STANTON April 26, 2013 at 11:14 PM
JESS, WHAT MORE CAN I SAY ABOUT YOUR COMMENTS OTHER THAN HOW IGNORANT THEY SOUNDED. YOU LIKE TO PLAY THE BLAME GAME AND ALL THAT YOU DID WAS MAKE A FOOL OUT OF YOURSELF. PUT THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS.
Olivia Mckee-Lynch June 28, 2013 at 03:36 PM
From what I just read the scpd should be responsible for jacks death. It doesn't matter if the person watching the cameras where busy or not they should have been watching him even if he didn't seem like he was going to harm himself. For the people that knew this man just like I have known what the police have put him through and how they treated him! We all know who is at fault of this terrible tragedy, the SCPD! God bless the franqui family you are in my prayers!

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