Rick O. Black, 30, was discovered unresponsive during a 8:32 a.m. cell check, Knox County Sheriff David Shaffer reported. CPR was started immediately and a squad was requested. He was transported to Knox Community Hospital by the Mount Vernon Fire Department where he was later pronounced deceased at approximately 9:06 a.m.

Black was brought to the Knox County Jail by Mount Vernon Police at approximately 7:14 a.m.. He had been arrested on outstanding warrants for aggravated possession of drugs and possessing drug abuse instruments. At approximately 7:22 a.m. he entered a holding cell in the intake area. He was first checked by staff at 8:15 a.m.,according to Shaffer.

Detectives, along with a chaplain representative made personal notification to family members.

The investigation is ongoing, and the Knox County Coroner’s Office is providing assistance.

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From the Knox County Sheriff:

MOUNT VERNON – On August 6, at approximately 7:14 a.m., Rick O. Black, 30, was brought to the Knox County Jail by the Mount Vernon Police Department. He had been arrested on outstanding warrants for aggravated possession of drugs and possessing drug abuse instruments. At approximately 7:22 a.m. he entered a holding cell in the intake area. He was checked by staff at 8:15 a.m. It was during the 8:32 a.m. check, he was discovered unresponsive. CPR was started immediately and a squad was requested.

Mr. Black was transported to Knox Community Hospital by the Mount Vernon Fire Department where he was later pronounced deceased at approximately 9:06 a.m. Detectives, along with a chaplain representative made personal notification to family members. The investigation is ongoing, and the Knox County Coroner’s Office is providing assistance.

 

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