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2 die in Los Angeles County sheriff's custody

Two people have died in the custody of Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies.

A 27-year-old female inmate being held at the sheriff's Santa Clarita Valley station in Valencia died in custody at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday. She was identified as Jenna Coleman. Detectives say they found Coleman lying on her bed in her cell, unresponsive, while conducting a security check of the station jail. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coleman was arrested Thursday by Santa Clarita deputies for possession of a controlled substance. She was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

No further details were released.

A man died after he was handcuffed and placed in the back of a sheriff's patrol car in Lancaster. Deputies responded to a disturbing the peace call in the 40500 block of 163rd Street East around 4 a.m. Friday.

Deputies say they found a belligerent man running water from the residence garden hose and yelling at people inside the home. They say it appeared he was on drugs.

Once he was handcuffed in the back of the car, Deputy Peter Gomez says, the man's bizarre behavior continued and that he tried to kick out the patrol car windows, and then went unconscious. He died at the scene.

Their names have not been released. Anyone with information was urged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 990-5500.

The Associated Press and CNS contributed to this report.

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