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Inmate found dead inside Kingsport City Jail

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KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) -

Kingsport Police believe an unknown medical problem led to the death of an inmate.

According to a police department news release, the unidentified inmate was found unresponsive around 5:00 AM, Tuesday.

Police say they arrested the man around 7:00 am Monday morning at home on Allen Drive. When officers arrived at the home they encountered a man acting aggressively and erratically. Officers say the man appeared to be under the influence of some type intoxicant, and was screaming and shouting things that did not make sense.

Officers investigated and found out that the man had come to the home on Allen Drive and begun beating on the door. The resident told police the man had broken items on the patio and tore off a screen window. Neither the resident nor neighbors know who the man was.

Officers charged the man with vandalism under $500, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Police said the man’s strange behavior continued at the Kingsport City Jail. According to the release from the Kingsport Police Department, officers checked on the prisoner regularly for the next few hours and did not see any significant change in his demeanor.

Officers found the man unresponsive around 5:00 AM and called for medical help. Members of the Kingsport Fire Department determined that the individual was dead.

The following is a statement from David Quillin, Chief of Police:

“There is absolutely no indication at this time that the individual’s death was anything except the result of an unknown medical condition. There is absolutely no indication of foul play, as the prisoner was by himself. The Kingsport Police Department contacted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office to insure that an independent, complete, and transparent investigation was completed. An autopsy has been ordered in this case. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with the family.”

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