In the first incident, an unidentified man whom sheriff's deputies had struggled to detain outside a home in Lancaster died after he became unresponsive in the back of a patrol car.
Deputies had responded about 4:15 a.m. Saturday to a "disturbing the peace" call at a home in the 40500 block of 163rd Street East in Lancaster, where the man had been running water from a garden hose, speaking incoherently and yelling at residents inside, sheriff's officials said.
"It was a late hour, his behavior was odd and he displayed some symptoms that were indicative of someone that might be under the influence” of drugs, said Lt. Steve Jauch of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
They were not able to revive him. When paramedics arrived, they pronounced the man dead at the scene.
A jailer doing a routine check of the cell she was sharing with two other women found Coleman unresponsive on a lower bunk, he said. Paramedics were called to the cell where they pronounced her dead at 12:08 p.m.
“At this point the cause of death is unknown, and there was nothing that was obvious during our preliminary investigation,” Jauch said.
Coleman had been arrested earlier in the week on drug possession charges, he said.