BRANCH COUNTY — Sheriff John Pollack informed Branch County commissioners Tuesday he had asked Michigan State Police to investigate the death of a jail inmate on Nov. 18. The sheriff declined to provide any more detail.
On that day, corrections officers called 911 for an ambulance to come to the sally port entrance at 12:04 p.m. as a priority 1 call. A male was in full cardiac arrest, with CPR in progress. The inmate was being held in maximum security.
Available deputies also responded. After half an hour, Branch County medical examiner Troy Davis was called.
Details of what led to the heart attack are unclear. The sheriff said the man was a relative of a volunteer from the Victim Services Unit.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the family,” Pollack said.
Pollack also said an internal review of jail policy and procedure is underway. It is possible he could ask the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association to bring in its select MISSION team to see if they should be modified.
Source: The Daily Reporter