LMDC inmate dies in custody; 2nd inmate death in five days
Rickitta Smith was a 34-year-old woman and had been booked into the jail on Dec. 1
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - For the second time this week an investigation is underway into the death of an inmate while in custody at Louisville Metro Corrections.
Rickitta Smith was a 34-year-old woman and had been booked into the jail on Dec. 1. Her identity was released by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office on Dec. 3.
Smith was found unresponsive around 5 a.m. inside a housing unit. LMDC officials say the officer who found her called for medical staff and started treatment before she was taken to UofL Health - University Hospital by Metro EMS; she died around 5:30 a.m. at the hospital.
LMDC Director Dwayne Clark has ordered the Metro Corrections professional standards unit to conduct an internal investigation.
On Nov. 29, LMDC officers found a 59-year-old man unresponsive by jail officers. That inmate later died.
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