In-custody Death
Posted on 01/21/2022
Date: January 21, 2022
Subject: In-custody death
Authority: Sheriff Martin R. Schulteis

WEST BEND, WI - On Friday, January 21, 2022, at approximately 9:25 a.m., the Washington County Jail experienced an in-custody death of an inmate. The inmate, a 52-year-old Racine man, had been in custody since November 30, 2021 on two bondable misdemeanor criminal charges.

Wisconsin State Statute 175.47 requires an outside agency to lead all investigations with officer-involved deaths. This particular death investigation does not fall within that statute; however, in the interest of transparency, trust, and thoroughness, Washington County Sheriff Martin Schulteis is having the City of West Bend Police Department conduct the full investigation into this death. The sheriff’s office is also conducting an internal investigation in regards to policy and procedures. The incident has also been reported to the WI Department of Corrections-Office of Detention Facilities as required by state code.

The initial investigation indicates the inmate had a lengthy medical history and, at the time of his death, was on a 15-minute medical watch by corrections and medical staff. Correctional officers located the inmate in bed, not breathing, during one of the 15-minute medical checks.

Correctional staff immediately began life-saving efforts on the individual. Correctional staff also summoned help from on-site jail medical personnel as well as paramedics from the West Bend Fire Department. Unfortunately, the advanced lifesaving efforts were not successful and the 52-year-old man was pronounced dead at the jail.

Any further inquiries should be directed to the West Bend Police Department.