The Lake County Major Crime Task Force was activated this morning, Saturday, October 8, 2022, following a death which occurred in the North Chicago Police temporary jail/detention area.
Preliminary investigation shows a 34-year-old man was arrested by North Chicago Police Officers on October 7, 2022, at approximately 10:00 p.m. The man had an active arrest warrant for criminal trespass to a motor vehicle. While being arrested, he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.
The man was initially transported to the North Chicago Police Department, however, he said he felt ill. An ambulance was summoned, and he was transported to an area hospital. He was later discharged and transported back to North Chicago Police Department prior to 5:30 a.m.
At 5:30 a.m., a North Chicago Police Officer went to check on the man in his jail cell. The man was found deceased. It appears a dialysis port was removed from his body and he lost a considerable amount of blood.
As per protocol and state law, the Lake County Major Crime Task Force responded and will conduct an independent investigation into the incident.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office is scheduling an autopsy.
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