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Man who allegedly released dog on NJ police officers dies in custody

Posted: 2:27 PM, Feb 12, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-12 14:27:57-05

RINGWOOD, NJ — A Florida man who allegedly released his dog on police officers during a traffic stop in New Jersey has died after he apparently suffered a seizure while in custody, authorities said.

John Baker, of Spring Lake, was in an intake unit at the Passaic County Jail when he became ill Tuesday night, officials said. The 54-year-old man was taken to a hospital but was pronounced dead there a short time later.

The cause of death remains under investigation.

Baker had faced numerous charges after a series of events that began Monday when Wanaque police tried to stop a tractor-trailer he was driving.