A 58-year-old county jail inmate was found dead in his holding cell Tuesday, a couple of hours after being tased by Contra Costa Sheriff's deputies for being uncooperative. He has been identified as Donald Ray McCullough of Oakland.
According to Sheriff's Department spokesman Jimmy Lee, the inmate was brought to the jail from Pinole Tuesday morning after being arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, conspiracy, receiving stolen property and a probation violation. He was in the intake area of the jail around 12:30 p.m. when he became "physically combative." He was escorted to a holding cell, where he continued to be uncooperative, Lee said. A deputy then used his taser on the inmate, who was moved to a safety cell and checked by medical staff.
When deputies checked on the man around 2:30, Lee said, he was found to be unresponsive. Medical personnel were called in and CPR was applied. He was taken to county hospital in Martinez, where he was pronounced dead.
Lee said the Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney's office are investigating the incident. The jail was on lockdown all afternoon until about 7:15 p.m. The intake area, which was also closed, has been reopened.
- Bay City News contributed to this report.