Man dies after being taken to jail in Union County

Man dies after being taken to jail in Union County
Monroe Police brought 29-year-old Dustin Kemp Medlin into the jail Sunday around 1:45 a.m. on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. (Source: Union County Sheriff's Office)
Monroe Police brought 29-year-old Dustin Kemp Medlin into the jail Sunday around 1:45 a.m. on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. (Source: Union County Sheriff's Office)

UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A man died after he was arrested and taken to jail early Sunday morning in Union County.

The Union County Sheriff's Office, has requested the State Bureau of Investigation to conduct an independent investigation into the death

Monroe Police brought 29-year-old Dustin Kemp Medlin into the jail Sunday around 1:45 a.m. on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Medlin was temporarily confined in a single observation cell and was still in the booking process when the magistrate came downstairs to determine conditions of his release.

Medlin appeared sick and lethargic and was seen by a jail nurse.

Due to his condition, jail staff requested EMS around 6 a.m. to respond.  EMS took Medlin to CMC-Union where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner after an autopsy is performed.  However, no foul play is suspected.

The SBI investigation is ongoing and is standard protocol involving death in custody cases.

No further information was released.

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