Inmate who died in St. Louis County Jail had reported illness Monday

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 29, 2011 - 6:22 AM

Sheriff initially said Daniel Schlienz told staff he was feeling ill Sunday. He died Tuesday morning.

Suspected gunman, Daniel Schlienz, 42, of Grand Marais, retrieved his handgun from his vehicle after the jury found him guilty of criminal sexual conduct and went to County Attorney Timothy Scannell�s office with the loaded weapon.

An inmate who died in the custody of the St. Louis County jail on Tuesday first notified staff that he was feeling ill a day earlier, not previous to that as the sheriff had stated earlier, according to a sheriff's press release.

Daniel Schlienz, who had been charged with shooting two people inside the Cook County courthouse earlier this month, told staff that he wasn't feeling well about 8 a.m. Monday, the release said.

A nurse from the jail health services unit assessed Schlienz's symptoms about 11:15 a.m. Monday and treated him at that time, the release said.

Schlienz was taken to a Duluth hospital about 8 p.m. Monday night, and died around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Sheriff Ross Litman had said earlier that Schlienz first complained about flu-like symptoms on Sunday.

"I got some bad information ... I wish I would have had the correct, accurate information," Litman said.

He added that he wanted to assure the public that inmates are getting good care.

"We are looking at this very, very closely and we want to get it right and I want to get the facts out there," Litman said.

Preliminary results from an autopsy Tuesday ruled the cause and manner of death as "undetermined," pending additional lab tests that could take several weeks, authorities said. Foul play was not suspected. Litman said an investigation was pointing toward a physiological or medical condition and not a traumatic cause of death.

PAM LOUWAGIE

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Are you happy to see the Royals in the World Series?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close