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SBSD - Headquarters
Sunday March 19th, 2023 :: 06:09 p.m. PDT


West Valley Detention Center Inmate Dies at the Hospital Days After being Admitted

DATE/TIME:  March 19, 2023 / 3:30 a.m.

INCIDENT:  In-Custody Death Investigation

LOCATION:   West Valley Detention Center

VICTIM(S):  63-year-old Male Transient of San Bernardino (Name Withheld Pending Next of Kin Notification)

On Thursday, March 16, 2023, deputies at the West Valley Detention Center requested a nurse for an inmate who appeared to be experiencing a medical issue.  The inmate was conscious but not able to answer questions.  Nursing staff examined him and called an ambulance to transport him to a hospital where he remained for medical treatment of numerous illnesses.  

On Sunday, March 19, 2023, the inmate was pronounced deceased at the hospital.   Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division responded and assumed the investigation.  The cause and manner of death are pending, and no further details are available for release.

The inmate was arrested by the San Bernardino Police Department in February of 2021 for felony vandalism and remained in custody until his death.   

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Specialized Investigations Division at 909-890-4904.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous should contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or go to  

Refer:   Detective B. Becker

Station:   Specialized Investigations Division 

Phone No.  909-890-4904

Case No.   DR# 602300027  H# 2022-033

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Headquarters
655 E 3rd St
San Bernardino, CA 92408

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