The inmate had been evaluated by medical personnel in the jail late Wednesday (June 21, 2023) night after he reported not feeling well. No immediate medical concerns were detected, and he was transferred to the Medical Observation Dorm so he could be monitored through the night and be reevaluated by a physician Thursday morning.
At approximately 2:45 a.m. Thursday morning, jail personnel found the man unresponsive and called for an ambulance. Emergency medical personnel responded but were unable to detect signs of life.
The deceased has been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, who will provide identification and a determination on the cause and manner of death.
At this time, the death appears to be due to medical causes, and foul play is not suspected.
The inmate, a Metairie man, was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Correctional Center by Slidell Police on March 24, on forgery, bank fraud, monetary instrument abuse, identity theft and drug charges. He was being held on a $30,000 bond for the local charges, but at the time of his death he also had holds from three other jurisdictions.