Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Inmate Dies in Humboldt County Jail

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

There's not much information in this press release about what might have caused the death of a 35-year-old inmate at the county jail this morning. The Sheriff's Office simply says there is "no sign of foul play."

Here's the press release:

On 12-12-2012, approximately 6:40 am a Humboldt County Correctional Officer was notified by an inmate that another inmate, identified as Jonathan Michael Sorrell, 35 years from Hoopa, was having a medical issue. The Correctional Officer immediately went to Sorrell's aid and called for jail medical, extra correctional staff and an ambulance to respond. Initially Sorrell was breathing, however while the Correctional Staff was with Sorrell he stopped breathing and they began C.P.R. until they were relieved by jail medical staff. After an ambulance arrived at the facility a physician determined that Sorrell was deceased.

The Humboldt County Coroner was summoned to the scene. There is no sign of foul play. An autopsy will be scheduled by the Humboldt County Coroners Office to determine the cause of death.


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