CA officer dies after being found unresponsive at Charleston hotel

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police officers found a California police officer unresponsive Saturday morning when they went to his room at the Embassy Suites in downtown Charleston, according to the incident report.

Officers responded to the hotel in the 300 block of Meeting Street where they found Rinaldo Monterrosa, 42, lying on the floor on his back unresponsive between two beds, the report stated.

Charleston County Deputy Coroner Sara Tuuk confirmed Monday afternoon that Monterrosa died at the hotel, adding that an autopsy has been performed and is pending.

The investigation into Monterrosa’s death is ongoing.

He was initially attending training in the region, then traveled to Charleston to attend a military graduation for a family member of a friend, according to West Sacramento Police Sgt. Eric Angle.

In a Facebook post, West Sacramento Police said Monterrosa had recently returned to duty after a yearlong battle with lymphoma:

As a department, we are profoundly sad that we must share the news of the death of one of our beloved officers. Officer...

Posted by West Sacramento Police Department on Sunday, December 16, 2018

Monterrosa was an 11-year veteran of the department and was a U.S. Army veteran as well. He left behind a wife and four children, the post states.

A spokesperson for West Sacramento Police said the agency believes his death is from natural causes but added Charleston Police are handling an investigation in regards to how he died.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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