RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office says an investigation is underway into the death of a man at the Pennington County Jail.
The person’s name is being withheld pending notification of his family. He was a 56-year-old Native American man from Rapid City.
According to a release from the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, the man was booked into the jail Tuesday night on a disorderly conduct charge “following a disturbance in the community.”
At about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, corrections staff making rounds found the man deceased in his cell.
Preliminary results from a Wednesday morning autopsy point to natural causes, according to the sheriff’s office; but final autopsy results are pending.
With a jail death, the investigation is turned over to the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.