Authorities Wednesday released the name of an inmate who died after being pepper-sprayed to end his alleged assault on a cellmate at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.
The inmate's death was reported around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday at the jail at 441 Bauchet St. Juan Correa Jr., 31, whose home town was not known, died at the scene, according to coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter, who said an autopsy was pending to determine the cause of death.
A deputy was conducting a security check inside a housing module when he heard an inmate -- later identified as Correa -- inside one of the cells yelling, said Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff's Information Bureau. While investigating the disturbance, the deputy saw Correa begin to assault his cellmate, she said.
The deputy ordered Correa to stop, but his commands were ignored, and deputies used pepper spray on him and handcuffed him, Schrader said. Correa was then escorted to the shower area for decontamination, but while there lost consciousness, Schrader said.
Deputies started CPR while awaiting medical staff, and a nurse then assisted with the CPR until Los Angeles Fire Department personnel arrived, but paramedics were unable to resuscitate Correa, Schrader said.
His cellmate suffered minor injuries in the assault, and was treated by jail medical staff, she said.