Long Beach police investigating jail inmate’s death

Police on Monday were investigating the death of a 25-year-old inmate who died following an altercation in the Long Beach Jail.

Detention officers rushed to the communal cells at about 3 p.m. on Sunday for reports that an inmate was attacking and biting another inmate, the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement.

Officers subdued the man with a Taser after he failed to respond to verbal commands, but he quickly became unresponsive, police said. A jail nurse on the scene rendered aid until the Long Beach Fire Department arrived.

The inmate, identified as Alan Alfredo Ramos of Long Beach, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. The inmate who was assaulted was transported with non-life threatening injuries.

Ramos’ cause of death was under investigation. As with all in-custody deaths, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office will conduct an independent investigation.

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Kelly Puente is a general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. Her prolific reporting has taken her all over Southern California—even to the small Catalina Island town of Two Harbors. She is a Tiki mug collector and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].