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Novato Police Investigating an In Custody Death at Marin County Jail​

Novato Police Investigating an In Custody Death at Marin County Jail

The Novato Police Department is investigating the in-custody death of an incarcerated person, housed at the Marin County Jail.


On January 25th, 2024, at approximately 0545 hrs, a Deputy performing a routine check of people in the jail found an incarcerated person in need of medical attention, located within their solely occupied cell. Deputies requested a response from the San Rafael Fire Department (SRFD), and attempted life-saving measures until SRFD arrived.


A short time later, the SRFD arrived at the Marin County Jail and continued life-saving measures, but unfortunately, the incarcerated person was pronounced deceased at 0556 hrs.


The Sheriff’s Office requested the Novato Police Department to conduct an independent investigation into the death of the incarcerated person. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Coroners Division will handle the Coroner duties associated with the death. A post-mortem examination is scheduled for later this week.


Identification will be released, pending next of kin notification.


No further information will be released from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Media inquiries related to the independent investigation should be directed to Novato Police Department and media inquiries related to the identification of the decedent should be directed to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office at 707-565-3941


Prepared by: Sgt. Adam Schermerhorn