Arkansas man dies after falling ill in jail

Arkansas man dies after falling ill in jail
pic of jail cell (Source: KAIT-TV)

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — State and county authorities are investigating after an Arkansas man died after falling ill in jail.

The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release that 56-year-old Roger Robinson of Fort Smith died Tuesday after telling jailors at the Sebastian County Adult Detention Center he was sick.

The sheriff’s office says Robinson was receiving medical attention in the jail but got worse and then became unresponsive. Emergency responders took him to a nearby hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after.

It’s unclear why Robinson had been detained.

Robinson is the fifth person to die in custody at the detention center since July of 2018.

The Arkansas State Police and the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office are investigating Robinson’s death.

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