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5th inmate this year dies at Mecklenburg County jail

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The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the death of 25-year-old Russell Fincham, who died while in custody at Jail Central Wednesday morning.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, a detention officer called a medical emergency in the unit where Fincham was housed. Medical personnel began administering CPR and 911 was called.

Fincham had been at Jail Central since Sunday. The State Bureau of Investigation will look into the case as the medical examiner determines a cause of death.

In a news release Sheriff McFadden said, “It is devastating to report the death of this young resident who was in our custody and care. We send our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time.”

So far this year there have been 5 in-custody deaths at the Mecklenburg County Jail.

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Sarah Delia is a Senior Producer for Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Sarah joined the WFAE news team in 2014. An Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist, Sarah has lived and told stories from Maine, New York, Indiana, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina. Sarah received her B.A. in English and Art history from James Madison University, where she began her broadcast career at college radio station WXJM. Sarah has interned and worked at NPR in Washington DC, interned and freelanced for WNYC, and attended the Salt Institute for Radio Documentary Studies.