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Inmate Dies in Burnett County Jail

From the Burnett County Sheriff's Office:


"On June 24, 2022 at 1:41 p.m., Inmate Joshua J. Staples, 41 years of age, became

unresponsive while sitting at a table in one of the dormitory cellblocks. Mr.

Staples was lowered to the floor by a fellow inmate. The on-duty dispatcher

was monitoring the cameras in the jail and saw this occur. The dispatcher

notified the Corrections Deputies who were on duty.


Corrections Deputies entered that cellblock at 1:41 p.m. After assessing Mr.

Staples, CPR was started by the deputies at 1:42 p.m. Lifesaving measures were

performed by members of the Sheriff’s Office until North Ambulance arrived at

1:47 p.m.


Continued lifesaving measures were performed by North Ambulance. Mr.

Staples was pronounced deceased at 2:20 p.m.


This case in under investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office."



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