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Investigation Begins Into Inmate Death (Photo)
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Investigation Begins Into Inmate Death (Photo)

MEDFORD, Or.   The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reports that a County Jail  inmate died after being transported to a local hospital in Medford on February 15, 2020. Carl George Sullivant, age 46, passed away at Rogue Regional Medical Center Saturday afternoon following a medical emergency which occurred while he was in custody at the Jackson County Jail.

 Sullivant, who was in custody following a conviction for drug related charges, was alone in a jail cell when deputies found him unresponsive at about 0745 hours. Medical staff and EMS were notified and he was transported to RRMC. Sullivant was awake and responsive when he left the Jackson County Jail but passed away a few hours later at approximately 1620 hours.

Information from the preliminary investigation revealed Sullivant tripped in his cell, fell and struck his head. It is unknown if a pre-existing medical condition was present prior to the fall but he had indicated he was not feeling well and was moved from general housing to an area where medical staff could observe him more closely.

The Ashland Police Department along with the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit are investigating the incident, standard procedure for any death which occurs while in custody. As part of the investigation an autopsy will be scheduled.

More details will be released following completion of the investigation.

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