Danville City Jail inmate dead after medical issue

Published: May. 10, 2019 at 1:09 PM EDT
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Danville Sheriff's Office said an inmate is dead after succumbing to a medical issue Friday morning.

At 3:13 a.m., a deputy doing security rounds heard a banging coming from one of the cells in the jail. One of the inmates had alerted the deputy that Jerrod Irv-Low Washington, 37 was having a medical issue.

The deputy then called for the assistance of medical staff and other deputies to assist.

A deputy and one medical staff member started CPR, which temporarily revived Washington, but he soon became unresponsive again.

CPR was started again and he was then transferred to rescue personnel which arrived at 3:25 a.m.

Washington was later transported to a SOVAH critical care unit, and despite the efforts of hospital and medical staff, Washington was pronounced dead at the critical care unit at 8:30 a.m.

Washington had been incarcerated at the Danville City Jail since Jull 11, 2018 and had recently been sentenced to 6-years, 7-months and 20 days for narcotics and forgery charges.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Washington was being treated for notable, pre-existing health issues.

Washington's body will be transported to the Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke for an autopsy.

The Sheriff's Office did not specify what medical issue Washington suffered from.