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Posted on: February 22, 2021

[ARCHIVED] In-Custody Death Investigation



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:In-Custody Death Investigation
Station Area:Smith Correctional Facility
Written Date:February 22, 2021Time:10:30 AM
Incident Date:February 21, 2021Time:11:09 AM
Incident Location:1627 S Hargrave St, Banning, CA
Reporting Officer:Correctional Captain Hal Reed
File Number(s):BC210520001


On Sunday, February 21, 2021, about 11:09 AM, deputies assigned to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department-Smith Correctional Facility located an adult male unresponsive within the inmate’s jail cell. Custody staff, jail medical staff, American Medical Response and Cal-Fire personnel administered life-saving measures. The inmate never recovered and was pronounced deceased at 11:50 AM.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department- Corrections Intelligence Bureau responded and assumed the investigation. The inmate’s identity will not be released at this time, pending notification to the family. Due to the on-going status of the investigation, no further information is currently available. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Investigator Justino Flores at (951) 696-3050.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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