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Robert Saylor's death: 3 deputies return to full duty

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The deputies who had an intellectually disabled man in custody before his death have returned to full duty, The Frederick News Post reports.

Robert Ethan Saylor, 26, died Jan. 12 after he was removed from the Regal Cinemas Westview Stadium 16 in Frederick and had a medical emergency.

The three deputies, Lt. Scott Jewell, Sgt. Rich Rochford, and Deputy First Class James Harris, were placed on paid administrative leave following Saylor’s death. 

When the movie "Zero Dark Thirty" ended, Saylor wanted to see it again and refused to leave. The deputies, working a detail at the theater, were called in to handle the situation.

Authorities say Saylor was handcuffed and resisted  the deputies' attempts to remove him when he had a medical emergency. The office says the deputies removed the handcuffs and took him to a hospital, where he died. 

The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide, but the grand jury found no evidence to charge the deputies. 

Saylor had a reported medical history of anger issues, especially when confronted or touched. His family attorney said Saylor didn't like being touched, particularly by strangers.

An autopsy found that Saylor died of asphyxiation. 

Read more: The Frederick News Post

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