Inmate dead after other inmates allegedly beat him
YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash.-- An inmate is dead after an apparent assault from other inmates in the Yakima County Jail according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO).
The Department of Corrections report that an officer found several inmates standing over the unconscious body of Jacob Ozuna, 36, at 11:49p.m. Sunday evening.
Officers called for medics and an ambulance, Ozuna was taken to Yakima Memorial Hospital where he later died from injuries from the assault.
The sheriff's office said they are investigating Ozuna's death as a homicide.
"We do have five suspects, we're interviewing them," said YCSO Spokesperson Casey Schilperoort. "I don't know what if any of the suspects are saying anything, if they're giving us any information at all."
Authorities have identified five suspects, who are gang affiliated, who are believed to be involved in the homicide.
A 24-year-old male from the Toppenish.
A 20-year old male from Toppenish.
A 20-year-old male from Wapato.
A 25-year-old male from the White Swan.
A 19-year-old-male from Yakima.
"Mr. Ozuna was wanted by our office a number of months ago for the investigation of a murder," Schilperoort said. "He was found and apprehended in Montana and brought back to Washington state."
Ozuna was in jail on charges of 1st degree murder, 1st degree assault and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins said during the assault Ozuna was hit in the head multiple times, causing his brain to swell.
"I don't think any weapon was involved," Hawkins said. "It was blunt force trauma, meaning he was struck in the head probably by fists or maybe kicked."
YCSO is investigating the homicide but the Department of Corrections said they will be conducting their own independent investigation.
The sheriff's office said the last time they investigated an inmate murdered at the jail was in 2016.