A Santa Clara County inmate died in the hospital Thursday, according to jail officials.
The 57-year-old man—whose name is being withheld until authorities notify his family—died just after 6am at Valley Medical Center, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. James Jensen said.
When police booked him into jail for no-bail outstanding warrants, he told them he had pre-existing health conditions, Jensen said. Last Friday, the jail sent him to Valley Med in San Jose. He died less than a week later.
Thursday’s death marks the third in-custody fatality of 2016, according to Jensen. Per protocol, jail officials have alerted detectives, the District Attorney’s Office and the Medical Examiner-Coroners Office.
Jensen said he won’t release any more information until the county tells the man’s family and until more information turns up from the investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office began sending media alerts about in-custody deaths this past year in response to heightened scrutiny after an inmate’s fatal beating last summer.