Family mourns inmate who died at the Spokane County Jail



Posted on February 25, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 25 at 7:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Christopher James Parker, 33, died Sunday while in custody at the Spokane County Jail. The Spokane County Medical Examiner released his name Monday following an autopsy.

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.

Parker’s father spoke to KREM 2 News exclusively. Daniel Parker said that he heard about the death at the Spokane County Jail on TV over the weekend.

“I saw that and my sons name just popped in my head, but I put it out of my mind,” said Parker.

He received the official confirmation about his son’s death on Monday. Parker admitted that his son struggled, but said that Christopher was a good kid.

“He tried hard. He just fell back in and got knocked down and he'd get back up,” said Parker, He just kept trying. He wasn't a quitter.”

Authorities said that Christopher called 911 around 3 a.m. Sunday. Dispatchers said that he wasn't making sense and he claimed someone was trying to hurt him. Parker also admitted to using meth.

“He wasn't afraid to ask for help. That's what he did he called and asked for help,” said Daniel Parker.

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

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

Daniel Parker admits his son has a lengthy criminal past including various assault charges and violating protection orders. His record dates back more than 15 years.

Christopher Parker 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.

Parker 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.

The SIRR Team completed all interview of jail staff involved in the incident. Detectives also attempted to contact witnesses and relatives in the area where Parker was first contacted by Spokane Police early Sunday morning after 911 was called.

Video from the jail’s booking area will be included in the investigation.

Detectives 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.

Watch the complete interview with Daniel Parker on KREM 2 News at 6 p.m.