The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office Reports that a person taken into custody passed away Saturday (June 15).
Just before 5 p.m. Saturday the individual was at the Catawba County Detention Facility in Newton and was about to go before the magistrate. The person complained of an illness and collapsed. Catawba County EMS and the Newton Fire Department responded and were unable to resuscitate the individual.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office and State Bureau of Investigation are investigating the matter. An internal investigation is also being conducted to ensure proper procedure and policy was followed. The victim’s name is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.