Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Sep 07, 2023 - 3:39PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Detention Facility Inmate Passes Away at a Local Hospital While Receiving Medical Care for a Chronic Illness

For media inquiries contact:
Sgt. Kristin Vietti
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-328-6336
Cell: 775-895-0027

On July 12, 2023, a Washoe County Detention Facility inmate was transported by REMSA to a local hospital to receive treatment for a chronic illness. The inmate was later placed on long-term hospice care and passed away at the hospital on September 7, 2023. This is classified as an in-custody death.

The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct its formal death investigation and release the inmate's name upon next of kin notification.

The inmate was booked into custody at the Washoe County Detention Facility on December 8, 2022, with existing medical conditions, including a chronic illness for which they had received treatment while in custody.



The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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