Vista Detention Facility
The Vista Detention Facility. Photo by Chris Stone

An inmate at the Vista jail died by suicide over the summer,* sheriff’s officials reported Tuesday.

The 48-year-old man was found unresponsive in his cell just after 8 p.m. Aug. 26, according to sheriff’s Lt. Michael Blevins.

Deputies, jail medical staff and Vista firefighters responded, but the inmate was pronounced dead at 8:33 p.m., Blevins said.

The man was arrested two days prior to his death for public drunkenness, as well a warrant for failing to appear in court, also for a public drunkenness case, according to the sheriff’s department.

Blevins said an autopsy concluded the manner of death was suicide, but did not elaborate.

Updated at 4:06 p.m. Jan. 28, 2020

*An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the suicide happened Sunday.

— City News Service