Illinois State Police investigate inmate death at Christian County Jail


CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ill. (WCIA) — Illinois State Police are investigating an inmate death at the Christian County Jail.

In a news release, Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp said an inmate was found unresponsive in a cell around 5 p.m. on Thursday. A correctional officer found the inmate while they were completing a standard administrative procedure, according to the sheriff.

“Life saving measures were performed by the Jail nurse along with the correctional officers,” said Kettelkamp. The inmate was then taken to the hospital by ambulance. They were pronounced dead at 6 p.m..

Kettelkamp said after the officers do what they were trained to do, the weight of the loss hits them. “We have interactions with these inmates daily. We get to know them quite well. It does affect our staff.” He continued to say their jail superintendent is keeping an eye on the officers and other inmates when it comes to support. He also offered his condolences to the inmate’s family.

The sheriff contacted Illinois State Police to investigate this death. The name of the inmate has not yet been released.

Troopers said an autopsy was scheduled for Friday at the McLean County Coroner’s Office.

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