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Maryland State Police investigating death of suspect being held at the Carroll County jail

Maryland State Police investigating death of suspect being held at the Carroll County jail
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Maryland State Police released the identity of a man who died after being held at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Dominick Jeffrey Edwards, 53, of Westminster, was pronounced dead at Carroll Hospital at approximately 7 a.m. Sunday.

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Edwards was being held in a cell under suicide protocol following arrest as a suspect in a case of first-degree assault, according to a news release from state police. As of 7 p.m. Monday, state police had not released additional information regarding Edwards’ manner of death or any details other than the deceased’s name.

A Maryland State Police spokeswoman said via email Monday night that autopsy results were not complete.

State police were contacted by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the detention center, early Sunday to investigate.

Sheriff Jim DeWees said MSP was called as part of a memorandum of understanding between the two agencies. MSP is asked to investigate in any case of an in-custody death where restraints were used on an individual, he said. DeWees deferred questions about the investigation and Edwards’ initial arrest to state police.

State police crime scene technicians processed the scene, according to the news release.

According to the daily intake report for the Carroll County Detention Center, Edwards was arrested Sunday in relation to two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault. The details of his arrest were not available as of 7 p.m. Monday.

It’s the second death in less than six months at the Carroll Detention Center.

In October 2017, Brian Christopher Robinson, 35, of Baltimore, was pronounced deceased by sheriff’s deputies in the work release unit of the detention center after others attempted to wake him for a work shift and found him unresponsive.

Detectives and forensic services technicians from the Investigative Services Section handled the investigation. There was no evidence of foul play, according to previous Times reporting, and a review of surveillance video showed that no one had interaction with Robinson between the time he went to sleep and when the other inmate attempted to wake him. Robinson had been serving a local sentence for possession with intent to distribute narcotics at the time of his death.

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