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Inmate death probed in Tucson; in-custody death in Kingman

May 14, 2022 GMT

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Kingman are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of a suspect while he was in the custody of Bullhead City officers who were transporting him to the Mohave County jail.

An investigation also is underway in the death of a 42-year-old inmate found unresponsive Friday in his jail cell in Tucson, the Pima County Sheriff’s Office said.

Bullhead City police said Friday that a 35-year-old man who was arrested a day earlier on suspicion of aggravated assault likely killed himself in a transport van. Authorities didn’t provide additional details.

Kingman police are investigating that in-custody death. The man’s name has not been released.

The transport officer reported the man described as a transient was unresponsive upon arrival at the jail about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Bullhead City police said.

He had been booked at the police station after he was arrested around 7 p.m. at Western Arizona Regional Medical Center where he was accused of assaulting an emergency room technician, police said.

In Tucson, Alejandro Romo was discovered unresponsive in his cell around 5:30 a.m., the sheriff’s office said.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division found no signs of trauma or suspicious circumstances, but an investigation continues, the sheriff’s office said.