Inmate’s death at Santa Clara County Jail under investigation

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An inmate at the Santa Clara County Main Jail died during a routine medical assessment earlier this month.

The unnamed 58-year-old man had begun a routine medical assessment at about 11 p.m. on April 4 and was “alert and standing” before he suddenly experienced a medical emergency, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Medical staff immediately began life-saving measures before the inmate was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced deceased by medical staff at about 12:30 a.m.

The preliminary investigation found no signs of foul play and that the inmate had been housed alone before the medical assessment, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A joint investigation is underway involving the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, and Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office. No further information has been released.

The inmate had been booked into jail on a felony bench warrant for false Imprisonment, officials said.