For Immediate Release
PR #:1900041
Date Issued:Apr 20, 2019 - 5:33pm

Washoe County Detention Facility Investigating Inmate Death

CONTACT:Brooke Howard Division Manager-Community Engagement Office 775-785-6205

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office reported today that a 41-year-old male inmate has passed away while in custody. 

At approximately 2:14p.m. on April 20th, deputies discovered the inmate unresponsive alone in his cell - the inmate was last seen during a regular cell check. Deputies and jail medical staff immediately began lifesaving measures, REMSA and the Reno Fire Department responded. The inmate was declared deceased on scene.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives along with the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office are conducting an investigation into this incident.

Exact cause of death will be determined by the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office. Due to HIPAA restrictions, the Sheriff’s Office is not able to comment further about the inmate’s medical conditions at the time of death.

The name of the decedent will be released following formal identification and family notification by the Medical Examiner’s Office.


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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