Parole, 53, in jail since November, dies in Vista Detention Center

Vista Detention Center
The Vista Detention Center. Photo by Chris Stone

An inmate died of unknown causes at the Vista detention center, authorities said Tuesday.

Eddie Faulkner, 53, was found unconscious and unresponsive in his single occupancy cell at the South Melrose Drive jail around 7 p.m. Monday, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies and medical personnel at the scene performed life-saving measures on Faulkner prior to the arrival of paramedics, who took over resuscitation efforts before declaring him dead.

“As is protocol for all deaths in custody, the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit responded and will conduct a thorough investigation,” Lt. Joseph Jarjura said. “The cause and manner of death will be determined by the (county) medical examiner’s office.”

Faulkner was on probation when he was arrested Nov. 7 by El Cajon police for allegedly failing to comply with a court-ordered requirement to register as a sex offender, according to sheriff officials.

The death is the latest in a series of deaths at county jails, which are overseen by the sheriff’s department. The state issued a critical report last year it examined 185 deaths in local jails over a 14-year period ending in 2020.

The document blamed the sheriff’s department for its “inadequate response” and action has been takenbut the deaths have continued.

– City news service and staff reports

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