Autopsy Results Released On Man Who Died While In Custody

MAYVILLE – The February death of a Jamestown man while in police custody has been ruled as accidental.

According to autopsy results released Wednesday by Chautauqua County District Attorney David Foley, Charles Baker Jr., 30, died as a result of acute intoxication of two drugs.

The autopsy stated Baker had “very high (toxic/lethal) levels of cocaine and the narcotic drug Tramadol in the blood.”

Baker was taken into custody Feb. 16 following a traffic stop. While being processed at police headquarters, an altercation occurred resulting in Baker being tasered by police.

Approximately two hours later, the city resident had a seizure and was transported to WCA Hospital. Baker was responsive at the hospital but later died after having another seizure.

Baker was found with a “considerable amount of cocaine,” Foley said in February. Police said Baker attempted to destroy several packets of cocaine while being transported to jail, and more was located during processing.

Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings said his department conducted an internal review of the incident and was awaiting autopsy results.

“We were just waiting to close this out once we heard from the district attorney,” Snellings said.