Inmate dies in Nash County jail


From Staff Reports

Thursday, November 2, 2017

An in­mate at the Nash County De­ten­tion Cen­ter died Tues­day night of a mas­sive heart at­tack, the Nash County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­ported.

De­ten­tion of­fi­cers no­ticed that in­mate An­thony Jones, 42, was suf­fer­ing a med­i­cal emer­gency at about 10:33 p.m. Tues­day in the de­ten­tion cen­ter, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. De­ten­tion of­fi­cers im­me­di­ately re­quested as­sis­tance from Nash County Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices and be­gan pro­vid­ing life­sav­ing mea­sures, Chief Deputy Bran­don Me­d­ina said.

Th­ese emer­gency mea­sures con­tin­ued un­til the ar­rival of Nash County Emer­gency Med­i­cal Ser­vices per­son­nel. At that time, Jones was trans­ported to Nash UNC Health Care, where he was pro­nounced dead. Med­i­cal per­son­nel in­di­cated that the in­mate had ap­par­ently suf­fered a mas­sive heart at­tack.

Jones was serv­ing as an in­mate worker, or trustee, at the time of his death. Trus­tee sta­tus is re­served for in­mates with ex­em­plary jail records who are as­signed to kitchen, jan­i­to­rial or laun­dry duty. To be el­i­gi­ble for trustee sta­tus, an in­mate must have a clean de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity dis­ci­plinary record and be will­ing and able to work, Me­d­ina said.

The next of kin and proper state au­thor­i­ties have been no­ti­fied, he said.