ENID, Okla. — An inmate being held at the Garfield County Detention Facility was found in his cell, unresponsive, Wednesday. The 26-year-old was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
He was found unresponsive in his cell at 3:05 pm by another inmate according to Sheriff Jerry Niles. The other inmate alerted the staff at the jail where CPR was attempted to revive the unresponsive inmate. He was pronounced deceased around 9;40 pm after being transported to the hospital.
“We have notified the state jail inspector’s office, the county commissioner’s office and the district attorney’s office,” Sheriff Niles said, “Which is done by our protocol.”
The man was being held for failing to appear on misdemeanor charges according to Sheriff Niles. His identity is not being released.
The sheriff said the inmate was in a common area with other inmates before he left to go into his cell. After a period of time, an inmate went to check on the man and found him unresponsive.
Niles said his office was investigating the death and the medical examiner’s office would determine the cause of death.