by Photo courtesy of the San Diego Sheriffs Department

The death of a 22 year old San Diego Central Jail inmate from Chula Vista was ruled an accident as an autopsy report released on Dec.1 by the San Diego County Medical Examiner cited a fentanyl and methamphetamine overdose.

According to Authorities, deputies found Saxon Fredrick Rodriguez unconscious and unresponsive on July 20 at approximately 10 a.m. He was later pronounced dead at the 1173 Front Street Detention Center in San Diego after deputies, jail medical staff and fire personnel attempted to perform life saving measures. 

No signs of suspicious injuries were found on Rodriguez, according to San Diego County Sheriff's Department Deputy Lt. Thomas Seiver. According to a news release published the day after Rodriguez's death, the Medical Examiner's Office conducted a preliminary postmortem screening which tested positive for fentanyl. 

Chula Vista Police officers took Rodriguez into custody on July 16 and booked him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, but not with and incident exposure. He was found unresponsive four days later while being in a cell with two other inmates. The Homicide unit conducted an investigation despite no indications of foul play. 


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