FREDERICK COUNTY, MD - The Sheriff of Frederick County is speaking out about a homicide case involving a man who had Down syndrome and died while in the custody of Sheriff's deputies.
Sheriff Chuck Jenkins says he decided to put all three deputies on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations.
That decision came only after the victim's cause of death was determined.
26-year-old Robert Saylor was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital back in January for a medical emergency after he was arrested at Regal Cinemas.
An employee said he was refusing to leave the building after his movie was over when the deputies were asked for their assistance.
Deputies say the man was handcuffed for not cooperating.
While handcuffed, Saylor had a medical emergency and was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Chief Medical Examiner ruled Saylor's cause of death as asphyxia.
Sheriff Jenkins says there are two investigations that have yet to be completed which include the investigation into the death of Saylor and an internal investigation.
He promises transparency in both.