JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — An inmate has reportedly died while in custody, according to authorities.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office’s Rockey Harnen confirmed with News 19 that there was an “in-custody death.”
Harnen explained that the incident “happened at night when he was locked down in his cell all alone with lights out,” adding, “we do not have cameras in each cell – only outside the cells.”
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) will handle the investigation, who provided News 19 with the following statement:
On Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the request of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Special Agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) launched an in‐custody death investigation in Jackson County.
The subject of the investigation was found deceased in a cell at the Jackson County Jail by correctional officers.
Nothing further is available as the investigation is ongoing. Once complete, the findings will be turned over to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.Senior Trooper Brandon Bailey, ALEA
Bailey said the agency is looking further into the incident and will provide more details as they become available.