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Sonoma County Jail inmate who died at hospital identified

The Sonoma County Jail inmate who died Wednesday about four hours after being taken into custody by Windsor police has been identified as Michael Joe Medina, 32.

Medina, a Sonoma County resident, died at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, where he was taken Wednesday afternoon after suffering a medical emergency in the jail’s booking area.

Medina was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication at a Burger King on Hembree Lane around 9:15 a.m., sheriff’s officials said.

Windsor police had responded to a call that someone had urinated in the parking lot and was likely intoxicated, Crum said. When police arrived they found Medina in a black sports car.

He was taken to jail at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday and began showing signs of medical distress at 12:23 p.m.. He was treated by four correctional deputies and five jail medics, authorities said.

At 12:41 p.m., an ambulance was called and the inmate was brought to the hospital, Crum said. At 1:07 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office was notified of the man’s death.

An autopsy will be performed by the Marin County Sheriff’s Office to determine the cause of death, Crum said. The man’s medical history was not known Wednesday.

Crum said Medina’s family have been notified.

-Martin Espinoza

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