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Dublin: Sheriff's lieutenant on leave pending probe into jail inmate death

'Concerns about the restraint method that was used'

An Alameda County sheriff's lieutenant has been placed on administrative leave following the death of a Santa Rita Jail inmate in June, according to a sheriff's spokesman.

Lt. Craig Cedergren is on leave pending the results of investigations by the county's District Attorney's and Sheriff's offices into the June 15 death of the inmate, whose name has not been released, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly confirmed last week.

"Any time an inmate dies in custody there's an investigation and in this case there were concerns about the restraint method that was used," Kelly said.

Kelly said he can't confirm the details of the incident but said the inmate was taken to a hospital after being restrained in a cell by himself while being held in the jail in Dublin on a drug-related charge.

The inmate died about a week later, Kelly said.

"Our office needs to make sure that the investigation is done properly and we need to trust in that and let it occur," Kelly said. "All the facts of this will come out, but right now we have an active investigation."

The June 15 incident was among three inmate-related deaths for Santa Rita Jail during the spring, following incidents on June 5 and May 29 -- both still under investigation and initially deemed natural causes. There was also a March 10 death at the jail that deputies allege was a killing at the hand of a fellow inmate.

The June 15 death also came nine days before the release of a district attorney's report on the 2018 restraint-related death of another Santa Rita inmate, Dujuan Armstrong.

Armstrong, who was serving time for a Fremont burglary conviction, was asphyxiated after being placed in a body-wrap restraint and spit mask. He was taken to Stanford-ValleyCare in Pleasanton, where he was pronounced dead.

-- Story by Bay City News Service, with Pleasanton Weekly editor Jeremy Walsh contributing.

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