Weekend Death of Prison Inmate Under Investigation

Authorities are investigating the weekend death of an inmate at Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown. 

A spokeswoman for the state prisons system said 31-year-old Jallen Jones, an inmate at the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown, was being transferred to the facility's mental health unit just after 11 a.m. Sunday when he became “non-compliant and combative with staff” and then became non-responsive. 

Life-saving measures were performed at the scene before Jones was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:25 p.m. 

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

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

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

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