Unresponsive inmate dies at Indian River hospital

Unresponsive inmate dies at Indian River hospital

Indian River County, Fla- Earlier this morning, Indian River County Sheriff’s Deputies were notified of a 42 year old white male inmate who was unresponsive.
The inmate shared a cell in the medical wing with another inmate, who advised corrections staff that he heard gurgling noises and found his cell mate unresponsive. Deputies immediately began performing CPR.  Indian River County Emergency Services responded to transport the inmate to Indian River Medical Center.
The inmate was pronounced dead at the hospital at 10:55 AM. Detectives are currently investigating the death and attempting to notify family members. At this time, there are no signs of trauma. The death is believed to be related to ongoing medical issues associated with this inmate.
More information will be released once next of kin has been notified.

Update April 5, 2018

Yesterday, inmate Zacharriah Zimmer (42) was found unresponsive in his cell by his cell mate. Nurse Cynthia Douglas and corrections staff performed CPR until Indian River County Emergency Services arrived and transported Zimmer to the hospital where he died. An autopsy was conducted today, which confirmed that his death was related to his extensive medical history. No signs of trauma or foul play were observed during the autopsy. Detectives await the final results of the toxicology screening. Zimmer was arrested by the Vero Beach Police Department on April 3rd for battery domestic violence and transported to the Indian River County Jail where he faced first a appearance hearing on Wednesday, April 4th, just hours before passing away.
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