SPOKANE, Wash. -- No charges will be filed in the death of a Spokane County Jail inmate back in May 2015.

The Spokane County Prosecutor's Office determined that Spokane police officers, jail corrections deputies and staff were not criminally responsible for the death of Lorenzo Hayes. Prosecutors said the evidence shows that law enforcement acted in accordance with their policies and procedures.

According to the medical examiner, Lorenzo Hayes died of "aspiration of vomitus during prone restraint due to methamphetamine toxicity."

The medical examiner also said Hayes was high on meth at the time of his death.

Hayes was arrested on May 13 after police said he was in violation of a no-contact order. Family members disagreed and said this was the Hayes' home and that he was not the one who violated it.

Officers took the Hayes into custody without incident and located a firearm at the residence and noted that Hayes appeared to be high. Officials said that Hayes admitted to "drinking something" prior to being transported to the jail.


Hayes was transported to the Spokane County Jail to be booked for unlawful possession of firearm and felony violation of a domestic violence no contact order, which under Washington law is mandatory booking. Officials said Hayes alternated from calm to extremely agitated throughout the arrest.

Officials said officers notified jail staff to be prepared for an uncooperative male. According to reports, the jail staff met Hayes upon arrival and escorted him while still handcuffed into the booking area. Because he continued to be uncooperative, jail staff prepared to place him in a restraint chair to keep him from hurting himself or others, according to officials. Moments later, police said Hayes became unresponsive, was removed from the chair, placed on the floor on his back and CPR was started.

Corrections officers tried to resuscitate Hayes and Spokane Fire Medics were called to the jail. He was then taken to the hospital where he later died.

Police then searched his home and said they found more than a user quantity of methamphetamine inside.

Officers said Hayes was known to be a mid-level meth and heroine dealer and that a source told police he had meth for sale.

A search warrant filed showed police seized drugs, drug paraphernalia, a vial with an unknown brown liquid in it, and bullets from the home.