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'Combative' Inmate Dies While Being Transferred To Mental Health Unit At Newtown Prison

March 26, 2018 - 8:37 am

NEWTOWN, Conn. (1010 WINS/AP) -- Authorities are investigating the weekend death of an inmate at a Connecticut prison.

A spokeswoman for the state prisons system says Jallen Jones, 31, an inmate at the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown, was being transferred to the facility's mental health unit Sunday morning when he became "non-compliant and combative with staff'' and then became non-responsive.

Life-saving measures were performed on scene before he was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Department of Correction Commissioner Scott Semple said in a statement there were ``no immediate indications suggesting that excessive force was utilized.''

Jones was from Atlanta and had been in prison since September 2014 serving a 10-year sentence on an armed robbery conviction.

The chief state's attorney is investigating. An autopsy is scheduled.