On February 18, 2023, at approximately 4:00 p.m., a Lake County Jail Inmate was found having a seizure in his cell. The inmate, a 50-year-old man of Zion, had been in the jail’s custody since October 5, 2022.
One of the jail’s nurses was already in the inmate’s pod and quickly responded to the inmate’s cell, as did several corrections officers. When the inmate stopped seizing, he stopped breathing. CPR was immediately administered by the jail’s nurse and several corrections officers. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) was also utilized. Paramedics were summoned and transported the inmate to Vista East Medical Center in Waukegan, where he was subsequently pronounced deceased.
A review of the security surveillance cameras showed the inmate walked into his single-inmate cell, just before collapsing and seizing inside of his cell.
There were no signs of trauma on the inmate’s body and no indications of foul play. The Lake County Coroner’s Office scheduled an autopsy for the inmate on February 21, 2023.
The inmate was being held on the charges of armed habitual criminal, felon in possession of a firearm, and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
Per protocol, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Lake County Major Crime Task Force to conduct an independent investigation.