LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles authorities are investigating the death of an inmate who fell unconscious after he was pepper-sprayed as he assaulted a cellmate at the Men’s Central Jail.

Sheriff’s Deputy Trina Schrader says the death was reported Tuesday afternoon at the downtown jail.

Schrader says deputies initially responded when they heard yelling from inside a cell.

She says the inmate was sprayed to stop the assault then handcuffed and brought to a shower area for decontamination.

The inmate passed out in the shower and paramedics were unable to resuscitate him. He died at the scene.

An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

Schrader says the dead man’s cellmate suffered minor injuries in the assault..

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.