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An altercation at a San Diego jail leads to inmate death

An altercation at the San Diego Central Jail led to the death of a 38-year-old inmate, authorities said Thursday.
SD Central Jail
Located in downtown San Diego, the San Diego Central Jail (SDCJ) serves as the primary point of intake for male prisoners in San Diego County.

An altercation at the San Diego Central Jail led to the death of a 38-year-old inmate, authorities said Thursday. 

On Wednesday deputies allegedly found inmate John Roman Medina, 18 assaulting inmate Dominique James McCoy in a cell at the San Diego Central at 7 p.m, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

“McCoy was unresponsive,” Lt. Thomas Seiver said.  “Deputies and medical staff immediately performed life-saving measures until relieved by fire department personnel.”

McCoy was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead

“As a result of the investigation, Homicide detectives determined Medina physically assaulted McCoy, which caused his death,” Seiver said. “The Medical Examiner’s Office will schedule McCoy’s autopsy to determine the official cause and manner of McCoy’s death.”

On Dec.23, McCoy was booked into jail by the SDPD on suspicion of transporting/selling a controlled substance and possession of narcotics. The following day, Medina was booked into jail by the Chula Vista Police Department on suspicion of child cruelty, assault with a deadly weapon, and cruelty to animals.

Medina was re-booked with the additional charge of suspicion of murder.

No other information was released.