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Snohomish County Jail Death Investigation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 16, 2020

CONTACT: Courtney O’Keefe, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
Courtney.O’ , 425-388-3865, Media line: 425-249-6263

EVERETT, Wash. – Around 5 a.m. this morning, a 34 year-old male inmate was found unresponsive in a single occupant cell in a general housing unit at the Snohomish County Jail. The corrections deputy immediately called a medical emergency and staff began lifesaving efforts.  Aid units responded to the jail and took over lifesaving efforts but attempts to resuscitate the inmate were unsuccessful. There were no apparent signs or observations that indicated an obvious cause of death.  

The inmate, an Everett resident, had been booked into the jail on July 5, 2020 by the Everett Police Department for second-degree assault with a weapon. At the time of his death, the 34-year-old was being held on $10,000 bail for the assault charge awaiting trial.    

Following his death, a morbidity review will be conducted.  This is a review of the death from a clinical standpoint and is independent of the death investigation, which is being conducted by the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit.

The identity of the inmate, as well as cause and manner of death, will be released by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.