FRESNO COUNTY, California – Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a Fresno County Jail inmate after being in jail for just 20 hours.
He was found Tuesday around 5:45 p.m. when officers were handing out meals to inmates. They saw Michael Blake, 31, on his bed unresponsive.
“Medical staff responded and also provided aid while an ambulance was dispatched to respond to the jail. EMS personnel arrived and Blake was pronounced deceased a short time later,” the sheriff’s office says.
Fresno Police officers booked Blake into jail at 10 p.m. Monday on suspicion of various felony charges, including drug possession, intent to sell drugs and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.
This remains an ongoing investigation. An autopsy has been performed and a cause of death will be released following the results of toxicology tests.
Anyone with additional information about Blake is asked to contact det. Adrian Villegas at 559-600-8210.