An investigation is underway after an inmate collapsed inside his cell at San Diego Central Jail and soon died at a local hospital.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said deputies were alerted to the inmate's housing cell by another inmate just after 8:15 a.m. Thursday. The witness inmate told deputies the other inmate had collapsed in his cell.
The inmate who had collapsed was identified as Michael Richard Wilson, 32.
When deputies got to the cell, they saw Wilson in medical distress but he did not appear to be injured, the sheriff’s department said. When deputies went inside the cell, they noticed the inmate was unresponsive.
The sheriff’s department said deputies gave the man CPR; he was rushed to a local hospital but died there just before 9:30 a.m.
The sheriff’s department said Wilson was jailed on a charge of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, officials said.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy on Wilson and determine his cause and manner of death. Per protocol, the sheriff’s department Homicide Unit is investigating the case, as it does all in-custody deaths.
“Our response is not an indication of foul play or suspicious circumstances,” the department said in a press release. “The investigation is ongoing.”