Sheriff's Department Investigates Inmate Death in San Diego

A 59-year-old inmate died Wednesday inside his cell at the downtown San Diego Central Jail. Deputies at the jail saw the inmate having breathing problems inside his cell around 3:00a.m., San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Rich Williams said.  

Though he did not appear injured, he became unresponsive as deputies entered his cell. The jail personnel began giving the inmate CPR, but he never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead just after 3:40a.m., Williams said. 

The inmate's name was withheld pending family notification.  By order of a judge, the inmate who died was in custody for treatment of a severe mental health disorder as a condition of parole or release from prison, according to the sheriff's department.  

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

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