Man dies in Prince George's Co. jail during processing

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA9) -- Officials are investigating after a D.C. man died in the Prince George's County Jail during processing.

Samuel Shields was brought to the Prince George's County Jail by Metro Transit police around 12:30 p.m. after being arrested and pepper sprayed over a $2 bus fare dispute.

Officials say he was continuously "disorderly" throughout processing and was separated from other inmates and staff for significant periods while in processing, which includes a routine visit with a nurse and being seen by a court commissioner. We're told he was not in handcuffs when he went into medical distress.

Jail staff attempted to resuscitate and aid on site. Rescuers took him to Southern Maryland Hospital at 10:38 p.m. where he was pronounced dead.

Shields' family told reporters he suffered from all kinds of medical problems, including a heart condition.

When asked if he was in physical contact with officers or if there was any kind of physical confrontation, officials had no answer and said the matter is under investigation. The cause of death is still under investigation.


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