NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A death at Newport News City Jail is being investigated after an inmate was found unconscious in his cell early Tuesday morning.
The inmate has been identified as 41-year-old Eric Robert Neer. He was arrested in September on sex crimes charges.
Newport News Police say they received word of a hanging at the jail around 2:40 a.m. Detectives determined that a deputy making safety checks found the male victim in his cell Tuesday morning.
The inmate was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner.
The Newport News Sheriff’s Office and Police Department’s homicide squad have begun separate investigations into the incident.
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