Anoka County jail inmate found dead in cell, officials say

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An inmate at the Anoka County jail was found dead in his cell Saturday morning, officials say.

A sheriff’s deputy doing rounds at the jail discovered the man unresponsive in his cell about 11:36 a.m., according to a news release issued by the county Monday afternoon.

Medical personnel from Allina EMS and private contractor Advanced Correctional Healthcare responded and provided first aid to the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office will lead the investigation into the man’s death, along with the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

“The responsibility to provide care and supervision to all those legally confined to the Anoka County Jail is one I take very seriously,” Anoka County Sheriff Brad Wise said in the news release. “In-custody deaths bring profound impacts to many people including the individual’s family, friends, those housed with them, and detention staff. Both the staff of the Anoka County Jail and I continue our commitment to identify and implement solutions to prevent deaths in our custody.”

This is the second in-custody death of an Anoka County jail inmate in the past six months. A 22-year-old Minneapolis man died in July after becoming unresponsive while being attended to by a detention deputy and medical staff, according to the sheriff’s office.

No further information on Saturday’s in custody death was immediately available.

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