Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) In-Custody Death
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In-Custody Death
Mendocino County Jail
When: Date: September 13, 2013 Time: 0747 hours
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Smith, Scott Joseph 65 Ukiah, CA
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Written by: Lieutenant John Bednar
Synopsis: On September 13, 2013, at 7:47 a.m., Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Correctional Staff assigned to work Building One of the Mendocino County Adult Detention Facility entered the cell of an unresponsive male inmate. Deputies found 65-year-old Scott Joseph Smith unconscious and not breathing. Jail medical staff arrived a short time later and determined that Smith was deceased.

Smith was housed with three other occupants of the cell. He had been housed at the facility since February 14, 2013 and was facing the charges of failure to appear and assault on a peace officer.

The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office will conduct a thorough death investigation pursuant to standard policy and procedure.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten