Cops: Man Who Hanged Himself in Custody Didn't Seem Suicidal

Investigation remains ongoing into Wednesday evening suicide at Seventh Precinct.

Police said on Friday that a Rocky Point man who hanged himself in police custody less than 48 hours earlier had not shown prior signs of suicide during his arrest and processing, but on the contrary, appeared at ease with police officers after previously resisting arrest in a Shoreham neighborhood.

"After the altercation, the officers' entire interaction with him was calm," said Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick commander of the Suffolk Police homicide squad, which is conducting an investigation into the death.

Fitzpatrick noted that the Rocky Point man, 27-year-old Jack Franqui, had previous run-ins with the law.

In December of 2011, Suffolk Police were called to Franqui's home at the time after reports of a man waving a shotgun outside, Fitzpatrick said. Upon police arrival, Franqui did not have a shotgun, but later reportedly pulled a handgun on police, resulting in a wrestling match that ended up with a gunshot firing into the ceiling of the home.

He was later evaluated at Mather Hospital, and at the time of Wednesday's incident, did not have a license to drive.

According to Fitzpatrick, on Wednesday, police received a report of a suspicious vehicle on Cordwood Path in Shoreham, an area that has seen a few burglaries recently.

The responding officer smelled marijuana in the car upon approaching and after asking Franqui to get out, he reportedly told a Doberman Pinscher in the car to 'get her,' referring to the female cop.

She slammed the door before the dog could get out, Fitzpatrick said, and after a brief scuffle, Franqui was brought to Seventh Precinct headquarters in Shirley, where he was later lodged in a cell alone.

While video cameras monitor holding cells, Fitzpatrick was unsure how a prisoner was able to have the time to fashion a noose and hang himself.

"That's part of the investigation," he said. 

Brian January 25, 2013 at 09:48 PM
How does someone who pulls a gun on police evade incarceration?
Critt January 25, 2013 at 10:42 PM
he didn't evade incarceration was in jail for a year, but that story is all wrong and the doberman pintcher they are referring to is a miniture doberman who is defintly not an attack dog, weighs about 20lbs, I see many holes in this story seeing I've known Jack for 10years.
Clint January 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Great, so why don't you tell us exactly how everything happened? People need to start taking responsibilities for their actions in life instead of always trying to blame someone else...
Captain Howard Hawrey January 26, 2013 at 01:39 AM
I am 100% supportive of the SCPD but find it hard to believe the cell of this young man wasn't being monitored. Something is not right here.
Justin Time January 26, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Edward Monteith January 27, 2013 at 09:22 PM
You have to be completely oblivious to the SCPD to be 100% supportive of it. They are a good business mind you, more so in the retail sense of the word business though. They make excellent pencil pushers and retail ticket writers, and from personal experience in SCPD's cell, the guard watching the monitors is also very busy watching Everyone Loves Raymond. The man responsible for this man's death should be severely punished, unless of course you think allowing a man to commit suicide in a supposedly safe environment is more excusable than driving without a license while smoking pot. The dog is NOT an attack dog, the cop is trying to save face from looking stupid. I love how every official report now states he was "on drugs". Is it that hard to state he was just smoking pot? Do you have to make it sound worse than it does to cover up your tracks? Get real, this police department needs to come down.
Clint January 28, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Seems like you were at the scene. Who are you to make that determination that the dog was "NOT" an attack dog? Furthermore, if this man was doing something constructive in life he wouldn't have gotten arrested multiple times within a one year period. Things in life aren't always someone else's fault, personal responsibility my friend...
Captain Howard Hawrey January 28, 2013 at 02:47 AM
Something went wrong in the monitoring process but I still have 100% faith in the SCPD and all they do for our communities!
Patty Littlefield January 28, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Many many holes in their story!!! Dog was the sweetest even if Jack ever would say "get them" he would give you kisses!!! Somethings not right here. Love how they don't mention what they did to Jack though why would they right!?! Him killing himself should be further looked into!
jenn January 28, 2013 at 09:55 PM
I've known Jack for a long time and Jack was not the sucidal type what so ever. I was at the wake on Sunday and by the looks of Jacks apperance there is more to the story then we are being told. Even to Jack's dog, "Dog" was the sweetest thing and couldn't hurt a fly. DOG WAS NOT YOUR NORMAL SIZE DOBERMAN PINCHER SO LETS GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT. He was has a mixed breed and NO BIGGER THAN A CAT for crying out loud!!! Ive known this dog since the first day Jack brought him and if you know Dog you know he would never attack another person NEVER. For the sake of Jacks family I hope a proper investigation is conducted.
K. January 28, 2013 at 09:55 PM
"...JUST smoking pot"?
Peggy Richards January 30, 2013 at 12:28 AM
I agree with the above people who know Jack. This IS somehow wrong. Dog is small and sweet. 7th precinct is new and has 24 hr monitoring. Fishy. And yeah K. - JUST smoking pot - not exactly hard drugs or hurting anyone! The above story of his original arrest is a bit off too. His death is a loss.
Clint January 30, 2013 at 01:07 AM
It was his decision to do what he did...its very sad but people on here must stop making excuses for his behavior and blaming the police for every little thing. It isn't up to anyone here to determine if that dog was or wasn't an attack dog and to second guess the decisions of the police who were on the scene at the time...you might have know him, but the police didn't and need to be prepared for what can happen.
Captain Howard Hawrey January 30, 2013 at 01:17 AM
As a dog lover the dog issue does not bother me. The police don't know what they are getting into with a dog. The 24-7 monitoring of the arrested individual however is something that needs to be questioned, I fully support the SCPD but don't understand how this could happen.
Steph March 05, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Ya know what someone needs to say it.... I DO NOT support the scpd... I'm sure there are some good cops in suffolk but it seems they are rare. The fact that jack killed himself when he was supposed to be being monitored is further proof there's nothing to support about them. I think it's disgusting that nothing was done to prevent this tragedy. And about the dog... It wasn't an attack dog, the cop obviously couldn't have known that but we're jacks friends, we know that dog, it's a sweetheart.
Ethel Franqui March 13, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Thank you Steph. Too many questions and no answers........yet!
Ethel Franqui March 13, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Thank you Patty.
Ethel Franqui March 13, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Thank you. I pray the truth will be uncovered.
Ethel Franqui March 13, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Thank you, Jenn.
Ethel Franqui March 13, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Thank you Peggy.
Jesse April 14, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Criminally negligent homicide that's what it was and the man watching that monitor should be in the same cell jack was he was my best friend since middle school the vehicle wasn't suspicious they had it out for jack for a long time and he did not deserve what happened to him Clint should shut his mouth and not speak about what he dosent know I hope the scpd is brought to justice on this and jacks father sees compensation even though it will do nothing for the loss of his son it's a start
Ethel Franqui April 14, 2013 at 04:52 PM
God bless us all and help us through this tragedy. Thank you Jesse.
ARCH STANTON April 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM
ARCH STANTON April 26, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Olivia Mckee-Lynch June 28, 2013 at 03:36 PM
From what I just read the scpd should be responsible for jacks death. It doesn't matter if the person watching the cameras where busy or not they should have been watching him even if he didn't seem like he was going to harm himself. For the people that knew this man just like I have known what the police have put him through and how they treated him! We all know who is at fault of this terrible tragedy, the SCPD! God bless the franqui family you are in my prayers!


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