The Durham County Department of Public Health will investigate an inmate’s death at the Durham County jail.
A detention center staff member found Matthew Lamont McCain, 29, unresponsive in his cell at 5:30 a.m. Jan. 19. He had last been checked at 5:01 a.m., according to a county report.
Staff and medical personnel performed CPR until paramedics arrived and pronounced McCain dead at 6:08 a.m.
McCain’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.
The Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation but reported no staffing changes or disciplinary actions as a result of the incident.
A Sheriff's Office statement released Monday said McCain was involved in an altercation with another detainee Jan. 14. “He declined medical treatment and later visited the medical staff for an unrelated medical condition,” the report said.
The Department of Public Health’s concurrent investigation will evaluate the clinical care McCain received and its compliance with current state policies. It will also include a review of McCain’s sick call requests and medical grievances.
A department spokesman said it is standard practice for the Department of Public Health to independently investigate an inmate’s death.
County officials referred questions regarding McCain’s medical care or medical history to Correct Care Solutions, the medical services provider under contract with the Durham County Public Health Department.
Efforts to reach the company for comment were unsuccessful.
McCain was arrested in August on charges including assault of a female, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal trespassing, battery of an unborn child, and probation violation, according to public records.