Inmate dies at Butte County Jail, investigation underway

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Prisoners work under the supervision of a guard at the Butte County Jail in Oroville, Calif. Tues. Aug. 11, 2015. (Bill Husa -- Enterprise-Record)

OROVILLE, Calif. — An inmate at the Butte County Jail has died following a medical emergency, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office announced.

Court records say the man, 30-year-old Dan Fallis of Chico, was convicted on charges relating to his possession of child pornography and a destructive device.

An arrest report says officers responded to reports of an explosion at a trailer park where Fallis lived with his mother. Upon visiting the scene, officers found evidence of a recent explosion in a parking stall, as well as projectile devices, aluminum foil, and a stash of chlorine tablets.

Fallis’ mother told authorities that Dan would often fire potato guns into a storage shed in the park, and led them to it. Upon inspecting the inside of the shed, authorities located a computer that held a collection of child pornography, which Fallis shared with others online.

Fallis was sentenced to a four-year state prison sentence with 256 days time served.

Authorities say correctional officers were conducting inmate safety checks on Wednesday, April 14, when they encountered Fallis experiencing a medical emergency. Paramedics and staff attempted emergency medical treatment and lifesaving measures on the man, with their efforts ultimately being unsuccessful, and Fallis died.

Investigators with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office responded to the jail and began conducting a joint investigation.

Investigators interviewed medical staff, inmates, and correctional deputies working at the Butte County Jail, determining that Fallis’ death was not caused by suicide. Officials found that the man was housed in a cell secluded from access by other inmates and failed to locate injury or signs of trauma on Fallis’ body.

During his time incarcerated at the Butte County Jail, Fallis received extensive healthcare and medical treatment. An autopsy will be conducted by the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office to determine his cause of death.

The Butte County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office continue to actively investigate the incident, a press release stated.

(Header image courtesy of Chico Enterprise-Record)

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