Inmate dies at DeKalb County Jail
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Inmate dies at DeKalb County Jail


Another inmate has died at the DeKalb County Jail.

Below is the report verbatim from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office reports that a DeKalb County Jail inmate died last week.

Atlanta resident Ricky Lavoghn McCullum, 58, was returned to the jail on the evening of Wednesday, July 19, 2023 after having been released from the hospital following a nine-day stay while still in custody. Preliminary incident reports indicate that Mr. McCullum became unresponsive while in the jail’s intake area before being escorted to a housing unit. He did not respond to emergency medical services administered by officers, on-site medical staff, and DeKalb EMS before being pronounced deceased.

Mr. McCullum had been in custody since June 3, 2023 after arrest by police on warrants charging him with Criminal Trespass and Obstruction of Law Enforcement Officer, both misdemeanors, after refusing to vacate the premises of a closed shopping center in Chamblee, Georgia. Mr. McCullum remained in custody after receiving a $1,000 bond and refused to agree that he would not return to the shopping center – a condition of the bond.

The incident remains under investigation by the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office of Professional Standards. No cause of death has been released, pending reports from the Medical Examiner’s Office.

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