Medical Examiner identifies inmate who died at the Spokane County Jail



Posted on February 24, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 25 at 2:29 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.-- The Spokane County Medical Examiner released the name of a man who died at the Spokane County Jail. 

Christopher James Parker, 33, died Sunday while in custody. An autopsy conducted on Monday did not give a cause of death. The Medical Examiner’s Officer listed the cause as “pending further studies.” 

Parker died while being booked into the Spokane County jail early Sunday morning.

Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies said they had an uncooperative man in the booking area of the jail around 5:00 a.m. Deputies used a TASER and “force” to gain control of the inmate.

The man who died called 911 around 3 a.m. Sunday. dispatchers say he wasn't making sense and he claimed someone was trying to hurt him. Parker also admitted to using meth.

When police arrived on the 2100 block of West 4th Avenue in Brownes Addition they discovered he was wanted on several misdemeanor charges.

Parket was also looked over by medics who discovered he was diabetic.

The inmate was placed in a restraint chair in a holding area, but shortly after he lost consciousness. Deputies and emergency medical staff gave the inmate medical aid and CPR until ambulance staff arrived.

The inmate did not regain consciousness and was pronounced dead.

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response team is investigating the inmate’s death.

The SIRR Team is comprised of members of the Washington State Patrol, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and the Spokane Police Department.

Investigators are trying to determine how the situation unfolded, what procedures were used, and if a medical condition, meth or the tasing played a role in his death.