In-custody death of Calif. mental patient under investigation

Brandon Coates, 29, was described as an 'especially assaultive and aggressive client'


By Rachel Raskin
Vallejo Times Herald

VALLEJO, Calif. — A Napa State Hospital patient died while under police restraint Tuesday morning, a Napa Sheriff's Department spokeswoman said. It's the second major incident there since January, a local legislator's spokesman said.

The death of Brandon Coates, 29, described as an "especially assaultive and aggressive client," comes less than two years after two high profile deaths there sparked protests over safety.

"We got a call around 11 a.m. about a death at the hospital," Napa Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Tracey Stuart said. "(Coates) had become agitated and was put into isolation to wait for the police to come and help the nurses administer a shot to calm him down."

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