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Posted on: January 31, 2023

[ARCHIVED] SLED investigating in custody death of inmate at York County Detention Center

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YORK COUNTY, SC – At the request of Sheriff Kevin Tolson, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is investigating an incident where an inmate suffered from an emergency medical condition at the York County Detention Center and later died at the hospital. 

During the emergency, Detention Center staff performed life saving measures until Emergency Medical Services arrived. Life saving measures continued and the inmate was then taken to the hospital.

There is no sign of foul play. This death appears to be from natural causes. The inmate’s name is not being released until next of kin is notified by the York County Coroner’s Office. 

“I am extremely proud of our Detention Center staff who quickly initiated CPR and other life saving measures. Unfortunately, this was not the outcome that they hoped for, but they should each be commended for their swift actions,” said Sheriff Kevin Tolson.

The inmate was originally charged by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services in January 2023. 

It is normal procedure when there is an in-custody inmate death for the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) to be called in to investigate. Any further requests for information should be directed to SLED.


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