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GONZALES, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Ascension Parish Coroner's Office says the autopsy of a man who drowned last week in Bayou Francois while running from police turned up no evidence that the man had been injured by officers before he went into the water.

Coroner John Fraiche said in a statement there was no indication of any injury caused by law enforcement in the death of 25-year-old Jerrick Lane, of Gonzales.

Gonzales Police Sgt. Steven Nethken said last week that Lane fled as officers arrived to investigate a report of a man assaulting a woman.

Nethken says officers followed Lane into the bayou, but were unable to locate him.

Gonzales Fire and Rescue personnel found Lane's body a short distance from where he jumped.

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