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Inmate found dead in cell at Benton County Jail

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KENNEWICK- The Benton County Sheriff's Office and the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) are currently investigating the death of an inmate on Saturday morning. 

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m. the Richland Police Department arrived at the jail following the arrest of a 28-year-old male for Possession of Methamphetamine and an outstanding Kennewick warrant for theft. Upon completing the booking process, which includes a medical, mental health, and suicidal screening, no indications or concerns were noted.

On Saturday morning around 7:30 a.m a Corrections Officer found the inmate, that was housed alone, unresponsive in his cell.

Attempts to resuscitate the inmate were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead by a medical doctor. 

The SIU will be working with the Sheriff's Office to investigate. 

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