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TBI investigating death in Sumner jail

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Sumner County Jail. JOSH CROSS

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations is currently investigating the recent death of an inmate while in custody at the Sumner County Jail.

According to Susan Niland, spokesperson for TBI, the incident occurred earlier this month.

"At the request of District Attorney General Ray Whitley, TBI Special Agents are investigating a jail death that occurred in the Sumner County Jail on (May, 5, 2017)," she said.

Niland said that the preliminary report indicates that 52-year-old Ross Chad Oldham was found hanging in his solitary jail cell.

"He was administered medical treatment, and transported to the hospital in Sumner County, where he was pronounced dead," she said, adding that an autopsy was ordered.

Oldham was a prisoner of the Tennessee Department of Corrections and was being housed temporarily in Sumner County for a court appearance, Niland said.

The investigation remains active and ongoing.

The incident occurred just one week after 27-year-old Wilson L. Wendell, who was in the custody of Gallatin Police Department, shot and killed himself in the back of a patrol car during transport. That incident is currently under investigation.

Oldham is the third person to die while in custody inside the Sumner County Jail in the past nine months. Keith Baskerville, 52, is believed to have died of natural causes at the jail in August of 2016.

Earlier this year in February, 32-year-old Justin Burks also died while in custody at the jail. Niland said that case is still open and active.

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