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Santa Barbara County Jail inmate dies days after suicide attempt, sheriff reports

Posted at 5:48 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 21:50:03-04

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says an inmate at the county’s main jail died several days after an apparent suicide attempt.

Sheriff’s officials say a custody deputy discovered Joseph Frederick Rose, 47, in need of medical assistance on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 25.

Deputies and jail medical staff reportedly performed life-saving measures until paramedics arrived and took Rose to the hospital.

The sheriff’s office says Rose remained in the hospital until he died of his injuries on Sunday afternoon.

Rose, originally from Hawaii, had been in the jail since April 10, 2018, when he was booked on suspicion of felony burglary, battery, and a probation violation.

Sheriff’s officials say while his death appears to be a suicide, the coroner’s office is conducting a death investigation to determine an official cause of death.