EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (The Gazette) - Ten deputies were placed on paid administrative leave while city authorities investigate the death of an inmate at El Paso County jail Friday night, said a spokeswoman for the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
Although authorities have not released information surrounding the circumstances of the man’s death, it involved the use of force, said spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby. She did not elaborate.
The deputies will receive paid time off in accordance with department policy when deadly force is used, she said. Typically, deputies receive three days of paid leave, though when they return to duty is determined on an individual basis, she said.
“It does not indicate any wrongdoing by any stretch; it is just our policy,” Kirby said.
The inmate, whose name has not been released, died in the medical section of the jail Friday night, officials said in a release Saturday. Despite life-saving measures by deputies, medical staff and first responders, the man died, the release said. Kirby said she did not know the malady that put the man in the medical wing.
Kirby would not specify the type of force used and would not confirm whether or not the man was under restraint when he lost consciousness.
The sheriff’s office plans to announce when it will release surveillance footage of the incident by the end of the week, Kirby said.
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