An Iredell County jail inmate is dead after being arrested, but the Iredell County Sheriff's Office said his underlying medical conditions played a role in his death.
"Obviously, it's tragic anytime you have a loss of life," Sheriff Darren Campbell said. "The detention guards, our detention officers are highly trained. They performed exactly as they should have."
Details about the man's identity were withheld.
The State Bureau of Investigation will be handle the case due to the Sheriff's Office's conflict of interest.
Campbell said that even before the man was brought to the detention center, deputies believed he needed medical care. He was taken to Iredell Memorial Hospital before being transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem on Oct. 13. Two days later, on Oct. 15, he was released back to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office and taken to the jail.
According to Campbell, the man was in an observation area when detention officers saw that he was distressed and aggressive early Friday morning. The man was harming himself, which prompted intervention from the detention officers, three of whom were injured trying to restrain him. The man died around 3 a.m. Friday.
Campbell was adamant that the detention officers performed their duties and tried to help the man. He said he had viewed the video and said that there was no indication the detention officers assaulted the man.