FROSTPROOF – A 28-year-old inmate at the Polk County Jail died this morning, and Polk County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating what happened to him — although an attack by another inmate is not considered to be a likely cause.
Brian George Brewer, whose most recent address was 2208 Abbey Road in Winter Haven, was at the start of a nine-month jail term when his cellmate found him unresponsive this morning and called for help.
Brewer had gotten arrested on Friday, Feb. 17 for two counts of violation of probation. His original charge was an arrest by the Auburndale Police Department for fraud and petit theft back in September 2011.
At this time, the sheriff’s office doesn’t think Brewer was attacked or hurt by someone else, including a fellow inmate, detectives said.
”No foul play is suspected,” noted Carrie Eleazer, public information officer for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, in her report on the case.
Still, she added that an autopsy would be conducted on Monday, May 14 to determine the exact cause of Brewer’s death.
After getting arrested for violating his probation this past winter, Brewer was sentenced to 270 days in the Polk County Jail, and had been housed in a cell in the South County Jail in Frostproof since his sentencing.
Around 5 a.m. today, Brewer was found passed out and unresponsive in his bunk by his cellmate, who called for detention deputies to respond to the cell.
”The deputies immediately responded and called 911 for an ambulance to transport him,’’ Eleazer noted.
The deputies also began performing CPR on Brewer, who never regained consciousness. He was pronounced dead at the jail.
His body was then transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office for the autopsy.
”This is an ongoing death investigation,’’ Eleazer noted.
It’s standard policy for the sheriff’s office, which oversees the jail, to have independent investigations conducted when an inmate dies, Eleazer said.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office’s Administrative Investigations Section is conducting an internal review of Brewer’s death, while the department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigations is conducting the death investigation.
Eleazer noted that Brewer has been arrested in Florida on seven prior occasions, including arrests in December 2006 for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; in May 2007 for possession of drug paraphernalia; in May 2010 for driving under the influence; and in October 2011 for forgery.
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