The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff and the District Attorney’s Office are investigating an in-custody death of an inmate at the county jail in Martinez.
At about 1AM on Thursday, a 24-year-old man was booked into the county’s Martinez Detention Facility. During the medical screening, he made statements about wanting to harm himself, according to the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff. He was placed into a safety cell and checked regularly, the Sheriff’s Office said.
At about 7:34AM, the inmate was found to be unresponsive. Medical staff at the jail immediately started life-saving measures, and ConFire responded. The inmate was taken to Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez. He was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.
The man is not being identified at this time as next-of-kin are being notified. He was arrested by the Walnut Creek Police Department for resisting arrest and having an outstanding arrest warrant, the Sheriff’s Office said.