KITSAP COUNTY JAIL INMATE FOUND DEAD
February 29, 2016
(PORT ORCHARD, WA.) -- A Kitsap County Jail inmate was pronounced dead at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, after being found by sheriff’s corrections officers unconscious and non-responsive in his single-person cell.
The Kitsap County Sheriff's office says the discovery was made at 8:57 p.m. Saturday by an officer conducting a periodic security check of an inmate housing unit.
"The male inmate had created a means to carry out self-strangulation utilizing issued inmate property," said deputy sheriff Scott Wilson. "Corrections officers initiated emergency first aid with cardio-pulmonary resuscitation in an attempt to revive the man."
South Kitsap Fire & Rescue medical aid crews arrived at the jail at 9:05 p.m. and continued emergency care while transporting the man to the medical center for enhanced medical care, said Wilson. Emergency department medical staff declared the man deceased at 9:56 p.m.
The sheriff’s office requested assistance from the Kitsap County Incident Response Team (KCIRT) to conduct an investigation into the inmate’s death. A Bremerton police detective sergeant led the inquiry, assisted by investigators from Port Orchard police and Washington State Patrol, according to Wilson whop added the investigation is largely completed.
The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office has identified the man as Eric Orville Waldenberg, age 49, with known addresses in North Kitsap and Jefferson County.
Waldenberg was arrested by Poulsbo police Feb. 22 and booked into jail on suspicion of burglary, 2nd degree. On Feb. 23 the Washington State Department of Corrections served a warrant of arrest on Waldenberg for escape from community custody.
The county’s forensic pathologist will conduct an autopsy. Once completed, the coroner will issue a determination as to the cause and manner of death.
When the coroner’s report is received and included as part of the investigative case file, the entire KCIRT report will be sent to the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney for review, said Wilson.