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Update: Coroner rules reserve deputy’s death was accidental

Lauren Coughlin, Editor
5:25 pm PDT August 11, 2017

The Aug. 11 death of 67-year-old Malibu/Lost Hills Reserve Deputy Jacob Castroll has been ruled as accidental. 

Los Angeles County Coroner Public Information Officer Ed Winter said Aug. 15 that Castroll’s death was the result of injuries to his head and neck.

A fellow competitor in the 2017 World Police and Fire Games found Castroll unresponsive on the mountain bicycle race course at 9:40 a.m. on Aug. 11, according to a release that day from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. 

Castroll was treated by on-scene medical personnel and transported to a hospital. About an hour-and-a-half later, at 11:14 a.m., he was pronounced dead.

Castroll, who served in his role with the LA County Sheriff’s Department since July 2010, is survived by his wife, Rody, and his children Victor, Lea, and Rica. Castroll was a resident of Studio City, Winter said. 

“We offer our prayers and condolences to his family, friends, and partners during this difficult time,” Sheriff Jim McDonnell said. “He was a reserve with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for seven years and an accomplished cyclist. We honor his commitment to be part of our law enforcement family.”