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San Rafael Police Department Critical Incident

On April 23, at approximately 6:42pm, San Rafael Police responded to a possible burglary in progress in the 300 block of Pt. San Pedro road. Two officers went to the residence and found an adult male suspect in the driveway. The suspect ignored officers commands and fled to the rear of the residence.  The officers gave chase as the suspect jumped into the canal which borders the back of the residence in an attempt to avoid capture. The suspect began to struggle in the water.  Officers threw floatation items to the suspect in an attempt to rescue him. One officer jumped into the water and swam towards the suspect as the suspect went under water.  The officer swam to the area the suspect was last seen but was unable to find him. San Rafael Fire Department with the Southern Marin Fire Department Dive Team responded and recovered the suspect who was declared deceased. San Rafael Police requested the Sheriff's Office to conduct the investigation of the critical incident.  The Coroner's Office will release the name of the decedent pending identification and notifying next of kin.  Lieutenant Steve de la O - Investigations Division (415) 473-7272 msg.