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Investigation into death, overdoses at North Carolina jail

January 12, 2022 GMT

RUTHERFORDTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina sheriff’s office has asked the state to look into the death of an inmate at a county jail on Wednesday while an investigation is underway into what led to overdoses by four other inmates.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office said that just before 5 a.m., a nurse and a detention officer found inmate Andrew Franklin Hodge unresponsive in his cell, WLOS reported. Emergency workers and Rutherfordton Fire Department personnel responded, but Hodge was pronounced dead.

Rutherford County Sheriff Chris Francis asked the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation to investigate Hodge’s death.

Hodge was being held without bond on multiple charges, including murder and discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling in connection with a fatal shooting last July.

Jail officials also reported that four inmates had to be taken to a local hospital on Tuesday after suffering symptoms which suggested an overdose. Authorities said Narcan was used on all four inmates and that they were all responsive before being transported to the hospital.