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Police: Jackson County Jail inmate died after fall

A 46-year-old inmate in the Jackson County Jail died Saturday after reportedly falling in his cell, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Carl George Sullivant was in custody following a conviction on drug charges. Deputies found him unresponsive at 7:45 a.m.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Sullivant had apparently tripped in his cell, fell and struck his head. It was unknown whether a preexisting medical condition contributed to the fall, police said, but Sullivant indicated he was not feeling well and was moved from general housing to an area where medical staff could observe him more closely, according to deputies.

Before he was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center, deputies notified hospital staff of his condition.

When he left the jail, Sullivant was awake and responsive, police said. He died at 4:20 p.m. Saturday.

The Ashland Police Department and the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit are investigating, and an autopsy will be conducted.

The current Jackson County Jail was built in 1981.{ } Mail Tribune file photo.