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Press Release

*** For Immediate Release***

Date: February 25, 2013
Contact: Trooper Jeff Sevigney
Phone: 509-993-2946


Jail Death Investigation

On February 24, 2012 at approximately 3:17 AM, 911 dispatchers received a call from an adult male who was not making sense and thought that someone was trying to harm him. The individual also stated he had ingested methamphetamine.  The 911 dispatcher advised that the individual was difficult to understand and dispatched a Spokane Police officer to check on the individual. Spokane Police arrived and made contact with the individual in the 2100 block of West 4th Avenue.

Upon contact the individual confirmed that he had ingested methamphetamine and was diabetic. Spokane Police called for medics to evaluate the individual. Medics arrived and while they evaluated the individual, dispatch advised the officer that the individual being treated also had an arrest warrant. After the individual was cleared by medics he was transported to the Spokane County Jail and booked on his outstanding warrant.

At approximately 5:00 AM, the individual became uncooperative in the booking area of the jail. SCSO deputies used force including the use of a TASER to gain control of the individual who was then placed in a restraint chair. Shortly after being placed in the restraint chair the individual lost consciousness. Deputies and emergency medical staff immediately began CPR and first aid but were unable to revive the individual who was later pronounced dead.

The Critical Incident Protocol has been invoked and the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team (SIRR Team) is currently conducting the investigation. The Washington State Patrol will be the managing agency for this incident. An autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow.

The SIRR team is composed of members of the Washington State Patrol, Spokane County Sherriff’s Office and the Spokane Police Department.