The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and the District Attorney’s Office are continuing to investigate an in-custody death that took place on Tuesday at the Martinez Detention Facility.
The man has been identified as 58-year-old Donald Ray McCullough of Oakland. On October 30, 2012, he was arrested by Pinole Police for second degree burglary, conspiracy, receiving stolen property and probation violation.
The autopsy was performed on Wednesday. The cause of death is pending toxicology and pathology tests. The results normally take 8-12 weeks.
The Sheriff’s Office says at about 12:30PM on Tuesday, McCullough became uncooperative with Deputy Sheriffs in the intake area. As McCullough was escorted to a holding cell, he resisted the Deputies’ efforts to control him. A Deputy Sheriff deployed his taser. The Deputies were able to gain control of McCullough and place him in a safety cell. He was checked by medical staff at the facility. During a check of him at about 2:30PM, a Deputy noticed that McCullough appeared to be unresponsive.
Medical staff at the facility were notified. CPR was started. McCullough was transported to Contra Costa Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.