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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Update: Inmate Dies While Incarcerated

Original release from 09/15/19

Flagstaff, AZ - On Sunday, September 15, 2019 at approximately 7:16 am, Coconino County Medical Staff were conducting a medical assessment on 63-year old Floyd Jackson when Mr. Jackson became unresponsive in his cell.  Detention Medical Staff and Officers began lifesaving measures, including CPR, until paramedics arrived on scene and took over lifesaving efforts.  Mr. Jackson was pronounced deceased at approximately 7:46 am.  The cause of death is currently under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and pending autopsy and review by the Coconino County Medical Examiner.  Mr. Jackson was transported from the Maricopa County Jail to the Coconino County Detention Facility on September 12, 2019 and was housed in a cell by himself.  Mr. Jackson was in-custody on a $200 bond for an outstanding Failure to Comply Warrant for Driving on a Suspended License out of the Flagstaff Justice Court.  Next of kin has been notified.

Update 09/18/19

The Coconino County Medical Examiner has provided the Sheriff’s Office with preliminary findings after completion of Mr. Jackson’s autopsy.  These preliminary findings indicate that Mr. Jackson likely died of complications of peptic ulcer disease with significant underlying co-morbidities. The manner of death was reported as Natural.

When Mr. Jackson was booked into the Coconino County Detention Facility on 9/12/19, he informed staff that he experienced a number of serious medical conditions, but did not include ulcers among his complaints. Jail medical staff conducted a medical assessment of Mr. Jackson’s condition on 9/13/19. As a result of this assessment, staff ordered lab work to be completed and began administering medications to address Mr. Jackson’s symptoms and apparent condition. Based on information Mr. Jackson gave to medical staff, tasks to obtain medical and medication records from former healthcare providers were also begun. Mr. Jackson was also housed in the Facility’s medical unit.

At approximately 12:40 am, on 9/15/19, Mr. Jackson stated to an officer that he was having difficulty breathing. A diagnostic test performed on Mr. Jackson at that time indicated an acceptable oxygen level in his blood. Notwithstanding this test result, the officer still contacted the on-call nurse and relayed Mr. Jackson’s complaint and the test results. The nurse advised that Mr. Jackson could remain in the facility and the morning-shift nurse would follow up. The morning-shift nurse assessed Mr. Jackson at 6:15 am of that day and administered oxygen, at which time Mr. Jackson indicated that he was feeling better. The nurse advised him that she would continue to monitor his status.  Mr. Jackson became unresponsive during his next medical assessment, which was conducted at 7:16 am. Life-saving measures were immediately started and continued until paramedics arrived.

This incident is still under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division and County Medical Examiner. The information and findings related here are preliminary and may be subject to supplementing or adjustments as investigations continue.

The Coconino County Sheriff and his staff extend their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Jackson at his passing.

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