Olmsted County Jail Reports Second Death of a Detainee This Year
Sheriff Kevin Torgerson says a detention deputy was conducting routine well-being checks late Sunday afternoon when it was discovered that 59-year-old Melvin Tyrone Bush was not breathing. The deputy called for assistance and immediately began attempting to resuscitate him.
A Mayo Clinic Ambulance crew was called to the detention center and continued with the life-saving efforts. Bush was then transported to the St. Marys Hospital emergency room, where he was pronounced dead.
The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiners Office will be performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension will oversee the investigation.
Bush was in jail for violating a felony Domestic Abuse Contact Order.
The Sheriff's Office statement on the incident extends condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Bush.
It also says the detention center staff is receiving support and none of the detention deputies on duty at the time have been placed on administrative leave.
59-year-old Russell Simon Junior of Rochester was jailed on a felony assault charge when he died in the custody of the jail on January 16. He was also found not breathing during a routine well-being check and was pronounced dead at the scene.
At last check, the cause of his death was still under investigation.