A 26-year-old inmate in Orange died after suffering a self-inflicted injury less than three weeks after being transferred into Orange County Jail custody, authorities said Wednesday.
Paul Gill, who was an inmate at the Theo Lacy Facility, died on Tuesday at a hospital, where he was taken on Saturday for treatment of “a self-inflicted injury sustained prior to a mental health evaluation,” according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Public Affairs Director Carrie Braun. The type of injury was not released.
“The inmate resisted when deputies attempted to transfer him for the mental health evaluation, and a use of force occurred,” according to Braun.
Gill was taken to a hospital, where he “experienced medical distress, became unresponsive and ultimately died,” Braun said.
Gill was wanted for residential burglary, thefts and weapons-related charges in Orange County, and was transferred into its custody from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Aug. 14, according to Braun. Further information was not available.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office will investigate the death, as is protocol with all in-custody deaths, Braun said. The sheriff’s department is also investigating.
The Theo Lacy Facility is a maximum security jail complex that houses inmates who have been charged or sentenced for misdemeanor crimes or more serious felonies.
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