A 50-year-old inmate found unconscious in his single cell in a jail infirmary has died, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.
Michael Garland Starr of Pixley was found about 8:45 p.m. Sunday by correctional deputies at the Tulare County Adult Pre-Trial Facility during a security check of inmates.
Deputies and medical staff administered medical aid and emergency medical services and a fire crew responded.
Starr was taken by ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
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The cause of death is pending an autopsy with the Tulare County Coroner’s Office.
Starr was arrested Dec. 7 on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and possession of concentrated cannabis.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information should call 559-733-6218 or send anonymous information by text or email to TCSO@tipnow.com, or call 559-725-4194.