SANTA ANA, Ca. (July 14, 2020) –At approximately 7:40 a.m. today, an inmate housed at the Intake Release Center in Santa Ana was pronounced deceased. The inmate, a 63-year old man, was found unresponsive in his cell during a morning count. Deputies rendered medical aid and called paramedics. The inmate was pronounced deceased by the Orange County Fire Authority at the jail.
The inmate was booked into custody by Santa Ana Police Department on July 3, 2020 for criminal threats and a parole violation.
Preliminary, there are no suspicious circumstances. At the time of his death, the decedent was housed in a single-man cell in a medical area, and was not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
Per protocol, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office will investigate the in-custody death. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will conduct an in-custody death review. No additional information will be released at this time.