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Weber County Jail inmate dies while in custody; cause, identity undisclosed

By Ryan Aston - | Jan 24, 2024

BEN DORGER, Standard-Examiner file photo

The Weber County Jail and sheriff's office is pictured Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.

OGDEN — The Weber County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday that an individual in custody at the Weber County Jail facility on 12th Street died in the admissions area one day earlier.

According to a press release, the individual — whose identity has not been made public — experienced a “medical emergency” at approximately 2:45 p.m. Tuesday. Weber County deputies and on-site medical staff initiated life-saving measures, eventually calling for emergency medical services.

Life-saving measures continued until EMS arrived and took over. The inmate was later transported to the hospital where they were pronounced dead. The death is currently under investigation.

Weber County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Lt. Joshua Marigoni said he could not provide the identity of the deceased or shed light on the circumstances that led to their passing, noting that those details would be released in the coming days. However, Marigoni told the Standard-Examiner that the facility is always prepared to deal with medical emergencies.

“We have a medical department that’s staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and several of our deputies are medically trained,” Marigoni said. “(They have) first responder training, so they can get in there and start CPR or whatever life-saving measures are immediately necessary until medical personnel get there.”

Marigoni noted that, in this instance, medical personnel and deputies both responded to the situation in a joint effort to save the inmate’s life.

Condolences were offered to the inmate’s family in the release, which also indicated that resources would be provided for staff members and others involved in the incident. Thanks were offered to the deputies, medical staff and EMS who provided care for the individual.


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