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An Oak Ridge man died Friday while in custody at the Anderson County Jail, and an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death is under way.
According to an Anderson County Sheriff’s Department incident report, 34-year-old Christopher Sullivan was found unresponsive in a holding cell at around 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 4. He been arrested by Oak Ridge police about three hours earlier on charges of public intoxication, two counts of possessing a Schedule II narcotic, and on an outstanding warrant for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
According to the report, the jail’s detox log indicates that jailers had checked on Sullivan “several times at regular intervals” before he was found unconscious in his cell. Jailers immediately began CPR, which was continued for about 15 more minutes when Anderson County EMS paramedics responded to the jail.
Sullivan’s body was taken to the Regional Forensic Center in Knoxville, where an autopsy is being conducted.
The ACSD is investigating and when more information becomes available, we will pass it along to you.
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