Investigation underway in inmate's death in New Orleans

28-year-old found unresponsive in cell

Chris Miller
December 03, 2018 - 2:24 pm

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman's office says a prison inmate died today after suffering an unspecified medical issue in his jail cell Saturday.

"A 28-year-old male inmate, who was transported to University Medical Center on Saturday, Dec. 1, passed away after 11:00 a.m. this morning," the sheriff's office said in a statement released today. "The inmate was found unresponsive in his cell just after lunch on Saturday. Emergency lifesaving treatment was immediately initiated by security and medical staff and continued until EMS arrived and routed the inmate to the hospital by ambulance."

The sheriff's office says there was no indication the inmate had been in a fight or did any harm to himself. An investigation is underway.

The inmate had been in jail at least a year on a charge of attempted murder. His name has not been released, pending notification of his family.

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