Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Dec 17, 2023 - 9:31PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Detention Facility Inmate Passes Away After Being Found Unresponsive

For media inquiries contact:
Sgt. Kristin Vietti
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-328-6336
Cell: 775-895-0027

On December 17, 2023, at approximately 7:25 p.m., a Washoe County Detention Facility inmate was found unresponsive in their cell by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Deputies.

Deputies immediately began lifesaving measures, and REMSA and the Reno Fire Department were contacted and responded.

At approximately 7:53 p.m., medical personnel pronounced the inmate deceased.

The cause and manner of the death are pending investigation.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and the Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct their formal death investigations, and the Medical Examiner’s Office will release the inmate's name upon next of kin notification. 


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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