Investigators Determine Death of Robert Fuller Found Hanging From a Tree in Palmdale Was Suicide

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Investigators have determined the death of a 24-year-old Black man, who was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, was a suicide.
Robert L. Fuller's body was discovered by a passerby who saw him hanging from a tree at Poncitlán Square on June 10, in between Palmdale City Hall and a Los Angeles County Fire Department station.
It was initially described as a suicide but after community members demanded an independent autopsy and to see surveillance camera footage, authorities said they'd look into the case. 

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Commander Christopher Marks spoke with reporters just a few minutes ago.

Marks says Fuller had a history of psychiatric problems and had made previous suicide attempts. Investigators determined Fuller had bought a rope similar to the one from which he was found hanging. 

"There were no signs of a struggle. No defensive wounds observed and no other signs of trauma visible to Mr. Fuller. Mr. Fuller's hands were not bound and there were no signs he attempted to remove the ligature from his neck," Marks said. "Investigators observed several prominent linear scars on Mr. Fuller's left wrist consistent with suicidal attempt." 

Last month, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said California AG Becerra and the FBI will be monitoring the case. He said the department is "making the effort" to make sure to do everything right and be transparent. 

Last month, more protests were called for after Fuller's death as well as Rayshard Brooks' death at the hands of Atlanta police in Atlanta.