Death of El Paso County jail inmate under investigation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Colorado Springs police are investigating an officer-involved death of an El Paso County jail inmate who was in the custody of the sheriff's office.

On Tuesday, police identified the inmate as 40-year-old Colorado Springs resident Eliezer Tirado Ortiz. Ortiz died on Sept. 7 following his arrest at the Executive Towers at 2864 S. Circle Drive. Ortiz was arrested for possession of illegal narcotics soon after El Paso County sheriff's deputies were called to that location on the report of a disturbance.

Ortiz was taken to the Criminal Justice Center. Not long after he was transported, he became unresponsive and died despite medical intervention.

The Colorado Springs Police Department is leading the investigation, working with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

A cause of death is pending additional toxicology analysis.