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Investigation underway into Butte County Jail inmate death

Authorities are investigating an inmate death at the Butte County Jail.

Posted: Apr 14, 2021 3:05 PM
Updated: Apr 14, 2021 3:09 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. – Authorities are investigating an inmate death at the Butte County Jail.

On the morning of Wednesday, April 14, Butte County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) correctional deputies were conducting routine safety checks on inmates housed at the Butte County Jail. Around 1:30 a.m., a correctional deputy said he noticed inmate Dan Fallis, 30, of Chico appeared to be having a medical issue.

Correctional deputies and jail medical staff said they immediately began providing Fallis with emergency medical treatment. Paramedics responded and provided additional emergency medical treatment. Despite the life-saving measures that were administered, jail medical staff and paramedics said they were not able to revive Fallis.

Correctional deputies, medical staff, and inmates housed within the Butte County Jail were interviewed by Butte County District Attorney’s Office investigators.

Currently, authorities said they have not located any evidence that Fallis committed suicide. Authorities said Fallis was housed in a cell by himself and other inmates did not have access to his cell.

No signs of trauma or injuries on Fallis’ person were located. An autopsy will be conducted by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office to determine Fallis’ cause of death, BCSO said.

Fallis had been housed at the Butte County Jail for several months. BCSO said he has received extensive medical and mental health treatment since being at the jail.

The Butte County District Attorney’s Office Investigators and Sheriff’s Office detectives said they are actively investigating this incident.

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