MARTINEZ -- A 58-year-old inmate who reportedly struggled with officers was found dead at Contra Costa County Jail about two hours after deputies shocked him with a stun gun and placed him in a safety cell, officials said.

The inmate, who was not identified, had been brought in earlier Tuesday by Pinole police on unspecified charges. He began physically struggling with deputies in the jail's intake area around 12:30 p.m., according to a statement from sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee.

He continued resisting as he was taken to a holding cell, Lee said, and a deputy used his stun gun on the man. Deputies then took the man to a safety cell, where he was checked by medical staff.

A deputy checking on the man around 2:30 p.m. found him unresponsive, and called medical staff. They began CPR and transported him to Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The jail was on lockdown and the intake area closed for most of the afternoon. Intake was reopened around 7:15 p.m. and the lockdown has been lifted, Lee said.

The Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office and the District Attorney's Office will investigate the incident.

Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.



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