One person has died and another remains in hospital in stable condition following an incident Monday morning at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre.
Paramedics were called to the facility around 7:15 a.m. following an incident in one of the cells, an Middlesex-London EMS official said.
In a media release early Monday afternoon, London Police said two inmates were taken to London Health Sciences Centre after being found in “medical distress” by facility staff.
Around 8:18 a.m., police say were called to LHSC after receiving reports that one of the two inmates taken to hospital had died.
The deceased inmate has been identified only as a 27-year-old male. The second inmate, whose identity has also not been released, was initially transported to hospital in critical condition, according to EMS officials. They remained in hospital in stable condition as of noon Monday, police said.
No information has been released by investigators regarding how the one person died or why both were found to be in medical distress.
London Police say members of the Major Crime Section attended the jail and LHSC for the investigation, noting that there was “no evidence of trauma to either individual and foul play is not suspected at this time.”
EMDC officials have not commented on the incident.
In an email, a Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services spokesperson confirmed that a death took place, but declined to comment further citing the ongoing police investigation. If the Coroner finds the death to be the result of anything other than natural causes, a mandatory inquest will be held, the spokesperson said.
This is at least the eighth death at EMDC since 2007.
It comes three years after Adam Kargus was found dead in the showers at EMDC on Nov. 1st, 2013. The 29-year-old Kargus from Sarnia was serving a 90-day sentence at the time of his death.
Kargus’ cellmate, Anthony George, was charged with second-degree murder.
The incident follows word the troubled jail may have to wait more than a year before receiving a full-body scanner.
Staff became concerned following a number of assaults on officers at EMDC.
New full-body scanners were promised for jails in Ontario earlier this year but a spokesperson said EMDC would likely have to wait until sometime in 2018.
The new full-body scanner would allow jail officials to detect ceramic weapons and drugs hidden inside body cavities.