Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at Penobscot County Jail

Authorities are investigating an incident in which they believe an inmate at the Penobscot County Jail died over the weekend.

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The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office released a statement with limited details about the situation.

“On Sunday, September 25, 2022, at approximately 5:20 a.m., during routine population checks, a correctional officer found an inmate involved in a life-threatening situation. Correctional staff, medical staff and Bangor EMS provided rescue measures, however, their efforts were not successful.

The incident was not the result of an altercation with other inmates or staff. No other inmates were immediately hit or injured.”

Standard operating procedure when someone dies in jail is to have the Bangor Police Department and Penobscot County Law Enforcement Division conduct an investigation, which is happening now.

Authorities have yet to release the identity of the individual, although it is expected to be later this afternoon.

We are told that mental health and medical professionals will be made available to staff and inmates, should they require assistance.

We’ll update the story when more details become available.

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