On September 23, 2022, at approximately 8:34 p.m., a Lake County Sheriff’s Correctional Officer was conducting rounds in Pod 1 East. While doing his rounds, he observed an inmate, a 51-year-old man, of Barrington, laying on his bed in what appeared to be an unresponsive state. The correctional officer knocked on the door several times, but the inmate did not respond. The correctional officer then entered the inmate’s cell and attempted to wake him, however, the inmate remained unresponsive.
The correctional officer radioed a medical emergency and immediately began first aid, summoned nursing staff and an ambulance. Correctional officers utilized an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and performed CPR on the man. Waukegan paramedics arrived and took over primary care. After performing medical care for an extended period of time, the inmate was pronounced deceased.
The inmate was initially brought to the Lake County Jail just after midnight on September 23rd, after being arrested for an outstanding warrant in unincorporated Barrington, for violating an order of protection. He was assigned to a double-inmate cell in Pod 1 East, following his initial classification, however, he did not have a cellmate. At the time of the incident, Pod 1 East was on lockdown and the inmate was inside his cell by himself. Rounds were conducted at least 30 minutes prior to this incident and at that time, the inmate appeared okay. The inmate had numerous underlying health conditions. There did not appear to be any suspicious marks or injuries on the inmate’s body, however, an autopsy will be conducted by the Lake County Coroner’s Office on Monday.
Per protocol, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the Lake County Major Crime Task Force to conduct an independent investigation.