SACRAMENTO, Calif. (PSN) — A Sacramento County Jail inmate, Smiley Martin, 29, died early Saturday morning while in custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail, according to reports. Martin had been held since April 2022 as a suspect in the mass shooting in downtown Sacramento.

Just before 2 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, a deputy called for assistance after finding Martin unresponsive in his cell on the 5th floor, according to reports. Jail staff immediately initiated life-saving measures, including several rounds of Narcan, CPR, and the use of an AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Sacramento Fire Department personnel arrived shortly thereafter and continued efforts to revive Martin.

"While Main Jail Deputies were conducting a cell check in the 5-East 300 Pod, they looked inside a cell and noticed an unresponsive inmate," said the Sheriff's Office in a media release. "Deputies immediately entered the cell and administered first-aid as Main Jail medical staff and the Sacramento Fire Department responded."

Despite these efforts, Martin was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office is conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of death and will release their findings in accordance with state laws.

The Sheriff’s Office has assured the public that it will conduct a thorough investigation into Martin’s death in compliance with department procedures and state regulations.

Martin had been in custody since April 20, 2022, following his arrest for his alleged involvement in the April 3, 2022, mass shooting in the area of K and 10th Streets in downtown Sacramento.


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