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Atascadero inmate found dead in county jail cell 

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–On Sunday, an inmate was found unconscious and unresponsive in a glass observation cell at the San Luis Obispo County Jail. The inmate is identified as 36-year-old Andrew Chaylon Holland of Atascadero. At the time of his death, Holland was under the care of a physician.

Holland had been in custody since Aug. 30, 2015, and was arrested and booked by San Luis Obispo Police and charged with resisting arrest with force, battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, battery and a probation violation. Holland was housed in a glass observation cell in the jail due to the fact he had been striking and inflicting injury upon himself.

Holland had been under observation and was monitored and checked approximately every 15 minutes. When he did not respond on a check, staff entered his cell and determined he was unconscious. Custody staff and jail medical staff immediately provided emergency life-saving attention, including the use of an automatic electronic defibrillator (AED), however, staff was unable to revive him.

Holland had been under the continual care of a physician and his cause of death is not immediately known. There were no outward signs of trauma on Holland’s body. No foul play is suspected.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Division are conducting an investigation into the cause of death. An autopsy is scheduled on Wednesday.

Last year, San Luis Obispo County recorded one jail death, the result of a suicide.

No further information is available at this time.



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