Inmate found unresponsive in his cell dies at hospital

By Gina Yarbrough

San Diego, CA–An inmate found unresponsive in his cell on July 19 died Saturday afternoon at an area hospital, authorities said. 

Sheriff’s Homicide investigators were notified that 47-year-old Jonathan McDowell, an individual in Sheriff’s custody, passed away at Scripps Mercy Hospital around 5 p.m. 

According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies found McDowell unresponsive in his cell. Deputies and jail medical staff provided CPR, Naloxone, and an AED device, until they were relieved by fire department paramedics. He was transported to the hospital for further treatment. 

“We extend our sympathies to the McDowell family and those affected by his death. A Sheriff’s Family Liaison Officer will support the family as they deal with the loss of a loved one,” the Sheriff’s Office stated in the department’s news release.

On February 20, McDowell, a resident of Ramona, was arrested by the Sheriff’s Department on charges of assault on a peace officer with a firearm, attempted murder, and committing a felony while on bail. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility. 

The Citizen’s Law Enforcement Review Board was notified of the incident.

The Sheriff’s Homicide Unit will conduct an investigation into the incident. 

The cause and manner of death will be determined by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

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