The Ansonia-Milford State’s Attorney’s office is investigating after a West Haven man died while in Connecticut Department of Correction custody in March.
According to the state’s attorney, 30-year-old Carl Talbot was found unresponsive in his cell at the Community Correctional Center in New Haven on the morning of March 21. He had been placed in restraint for being non-compliant about two hours before he was found.
Talbot was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:40 a.m.
Talbot had been in DOC custody for two days before his death. The office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death to be “sudden death due to physical struggle with restraint, atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardio vascular disease and morbid obesity” and the manner of death as homicide.
Connecticut State Police and the State’s Attorney’s Office are investigating.
“We extend our condolences to Mr. Talbot’s family on their traffic loss. The State’s Attorney’s Office will be in contact with the family to assure that they are kept aware of the progress of the investigation, the purpose of which by statute is to determine the circumstances of the death and whether any use of force was appropriate under the law,” State’s Attorney Margaret Kelley said in a statement.