Death of Whiteside County Jail inmate under investigation

The death of a Whiteside County Jail inmate is under investigation.

The Illinois State Police, along with the Whiteside County Coroner, are heading up the investigation into the Wednesday afternoon death. In a media release, Sheriff John Booker said around 4:35 p.m., Whiteside County correctional deputies responded to a man in his 50's who was unresponsive and not breathing.

Deputies performed CPR until the Morrison Fire Department and Morrison Ambulance arrived. Emergency personnel continued CPR but were unable to resuscitate the inmate, Booker said in the release.

During the medical emergency, the jail was put on lock down for a short period of time. Per protocol, Booker contacted state police to conduct an investigation into the inmate’s death.

Book said the inmate, whose name has not been released, did have preexisting medical conditions. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

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