An inmate of the Benton County jail died Friday after using heroin smuggled into the jail, according to the sheriff’s office.
Edward Christian Engel, 42, appeared to be sick Thursday evening and jail medical staff found that his blood pressure was abnormally low, according to the sheriff’s office. He was taken by ambulance to Trios Southridge Hospital.
His name was spelled as “Engle” by the sheriff’s office, but “Engel” in official court records.
Engel told medical staff that he had used heroin several days earlier, after obtaining it from another inmate who smuggled it into the jail, according to the sheriff’s office.
He had blood clots and other medical complications, presumably caused by the heroin, and doctors were not able to stabilize him. He died at noon Friday.
The sheriff’s office is conducting an investigation, and an autopsy is planned.
Engel had been in the jail since Sept. 18, 2015, when he was arrested on suspicion of unlawful imprisonment, felony harassment, interference with the reporting of domestic violence, first-degree burglary and obstructing a law enforcement officer.
He was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail.