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Emergency crews respond to Spokane County Jail death

UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

An employee of the Philadelphia Macaroni Company, the site of a recent coronavirus outbreak, was arrested twice on suspicion of driving under the influence in a one-week span. His cellmate at the Spokane County Jail and six police officers were quarantined as a result. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
An employee of the Philadelphia Macaroni Company, the site of a recent coronavirus outbreak, was arrested twice on suspicion of driving under the influence in a one-week span. His cellmate at the Spokane County Jail and six police officers were quarantined as a result. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives are trying to determine how an inmate in the Spokane County Jail died. The inmate was found at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday.

Spokane County Detention Services, which has been separate from the sheriff’s office since 2013, responded to a verbal call for assistance from another cellmate and found the inmate unresponsive, county spokesman Jared Webley said in a news release.

“Jail staff began life-saving efforts until they were relieved by” Spokane Fire Department and ambulance personnel, Webley said. “One dose of Narcan was administered by the emergency response personnel before the inmate was pronounced deceased at the scene at 3:05 a.m.”

Sheriff’s detectives and forensic teams arrived to begin conducting interviews and processing evidence.

Webley did not name the inmate but said identification will come later from the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The jail death comes at a time when Spokane County has seen numerous in-custody deaths. Tuesday’s discovery makes nine inmate deaths since June 2017.

Editor’s note: This story was changed on Friday, June 14, 2019, to correct the time period in which nine inmates died in the Spokane County Jail.

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