UPDATE: Sonoma County inmate dies in custody, cell-mate in hospital

Posted on October 29, 2020 by Sonoma Valley Sun

One county jail inmate is dead and another, her cell-mate, is in the hospital, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office reported 10/29.

Update 10/30 from the SCSO: “the female inmate decedent has been identified as Amber Marcotte, 34 years old, Santa Rosa. On July 10, Marcotte was arrested for driving under the influence and booked into the Sonoma County jail. There were no signs of a physical altercation. The investigation is ongoing as to what caused Marcotte’s death.

Details are sketchy, but this much we know: at 4:28 am, (10/29), an ambulance was requested by jail personnel for a female inmate having “a medical emergency.” Within a few minutes, a second ambulance was requested for an unresponsive female inmate. The two female inmates shared a cell.

Deputies and fire personnel rendered medical aid to the unresponsive female inmate. At 5:20 am, medical personnel her dead. The second female inmate remains in the hospital.

The Napa County Medical Examiner’s Office will handle the coroner’s duties, including an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The inmate’s name will not be released until the next of kin is notified.

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