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Autopsy scheduled for suspect in stolen patrol car chase

Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:39:30 AM CST   Updated On: Oct 09 2013 11:06:22 PM CDT
Police chase
REDDING, Calif. -

Shasta County detectives say they have completed their neighborhood canvass of witnesses for Saturday’s pursuit with Redding Police officers.

Steven Motley, 33, died in a Sacramento hospital Tuesday afternoon, following a struggle with pursuing officers.

Four Redding Police officers, three male officers and one female officer, are currently on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Tuesday, each of those four officers gave their account of what happened during that struggle.

Shasta County Sergeant Eric Magrini explains that, in a case like this, a multi-agency critical incident protocol team comes together to investigate what happened.

“It’s to keep the scope of this investigation clean so there's no allegations of conflict of interest,” said Sgt. Magrini.

The outside investigating departments include:  the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Anderson Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and the District Attorney’s office.

Steven Motley’s body will be sent to the Yolo County forensics office Thursday, where an autopsy and toxicology test will be performed.

Those samples will show whether or not Motley was on any prescription medications, drugs or alcohol at the time of the struggle, which could have caused him to go into cardiac arrest.

The Shasta County Coroner’s office says the toxicology results could take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to be completed.