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Medically Related Incustody Death

On Tuesday morning May 17, 2022, a 64-year old female inmate experienced a medical emergency and died while in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail. The subject had been in custody since March 2, 2022, for felony domestic violence charges.  She was discovered deceased in her bed during an early morning cell check and inmate count.  This inmate had previously tested negative and covid-19 is not a suspected factor in her death.  She was housed on the outpatient psychiatric floor and was awaiting transfer to a state hospital for a competency evaluation.  The subject was not under a conservatorship and was a documented non-compliant patient even though she suffered from ongoing medical conditions that required daily medication.

A review of several hours of surveillance video leading up to her death shows no nefarious activity.  There were no visible injuries or trauma observed and no foul play is suspected.  As is practice with any inmate death, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Detectives and CSI arrived to the Main Jail to assess and process the scene.  In addition, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office was notified.

The Sheriff’s Office will complete an inmate death investigation in accordance with department procedure and state laws. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine a cause of death and forward its findings as prescribed by law. The identity of the deceased victim will be made by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office after notification has been made to his next of kin.


Sergeant Rod Grassmann

Sheriff’s Spokesman



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