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Correctional lieutenant on leave after inmate death

March 21, 2019

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Department of Correction lieutenant has been placed on administrative leave after an unresponsive Connecticut inmate was taken to the hospital and later died.

The agency says an inmate at the New Haven Correctional Center refused to leave the shower area Thursday morning. After several attempts, the offender was restrained by staff members in the facility’s medical unit.

The offender then became unresponsive shortly after the incident and staff began lifesaving measures and called an ambulance. DOC says the unidentified offender was pronounced dead at 9:40 a.m. at an area hospital.

State police are investigating the incident. DOC is conducting an internal investigation as well. Preliminary findings led to the lieutenant being placed on leave.