Inmate Death Investigation Underway at Sebastian County Detention Center


On Monday, August 29, the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office announced that an inmate’s death is currently under investigation.

According to Captain Phillip Pevehouse, at approximately 12:45 a.m. SCADC staff were performing routine cell checks and noticed a male inmate who was unresponsive.  Deputies administered lifesaving measures until EMS arrived and took over. EMS transported the male to a local hospital. The male had a pulse and was breathing when he left ADC.  At the hospital, around an hour later, the inmate was pronounced dead. 

SCSO CID and ASP investigators are currently conducting an investigation.  SCSO CID will conduct an internal review of policies and procedures.  While ASP investigators will conduct the death investigation.  The body is being sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy.  

Next of kin has been notified, but the inmate’s identity is being withheld for a few days to give time to the family for further notifications.    

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; Editor - Resident Press. 20+ years experience in the news.

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