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Inmate Found Unresponsive in Cell at San Diego Central Jail Dies at Hospital

An inmate being held in a psychiatric observation cell at the San Diego County Central Jail was found unresponsive and later died at the hospital Monday, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) said.

Deputies found Ivan Ortiz, 26, during a security check Tuesday at around 3:48 p.m. Deputies and medical staff efforted life-saving measures until medics arrived a transported him to a local hospital. Further life-saving measures were unsuccessful and Ortiz was pronounced dead at 8:27 p.m.

Ortiz was arrest by San Diego police on June 9, 2918 for attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting arrest and felony vandalism.

The cause and manner of his death will be determined by the county Medical Examiner’s Office.

THE SDSO is investigating Ortiz’s death. Anyoen with information is asked to call the SDSO Homicide Unit at (858) 285-6330 (after hours at (858) 565-5200.) or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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