Thursday, June 20, 2024

Investigation underway after Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail inmate dies

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Erin Zagursky, W&M News)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Erin Zagursky, W&M News)

Authorities are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of an inmate in the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Jail officials said a VPRJ officer found an inmate unresponsive during a security round 1 a.m. Sunday.

“The officer immediately declared a medical emergency and EMS and the James City County Police Department responded,” according to a news release from VPRJ.

Jail staff performed CPR on the inmate. They also used an automated external defibrillator, or AED, prior to the arrival of EMS, officials said.

The inmate was taken to the hospital – and was later pronounced dead.

Jail officials said the inmate reported to VPRJ on Friday “and was processed at Intake in accordance with VPRJ’s COVID-19 screening procedures.”

“At this time, there is no reason to suspect that this death is related to COVID-19,” officials wrote in a news release.

Jail officials said they are awaiting results from the preliminary autopsy report to determine the cause of death.

“As with all in custody deaths, this event will require investigation and review by the Department of Corrections,” officials said.

The identity of the inmate was not immediately released.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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