Entrance to San Diego Central Jail
Street entrance to San Diego Central jail. Courtesy sheriff’s department

An investigation was under way Thursday to determine the cause of death for an inmate who was found unresponsive in his cell at the San Diego County Jail.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Schuck tested positive for cocaine during what was described as a “presumptive test.”  However, further laboratory testing is required to confirm the result. 

The cause and manner of death are pending further laboratory results and evaluation.

William Schuck, 22, and an Orange County resident, was found unresponsive Wednesday and pronounced dead, Sheriff’s officials said. They added that he was alone in his cell, and there was no evidence of foul play.

He was booked into the jail on March 10 on suspicion of DUI and other offenses following a traffic collision, officials said. Following the crash, he was assessed at a hospital but had no signs of injury, and was taken to jail.

Schuck was booked on suspicion of charges including of DUI, possession of a firearm while under the influence of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying an unregistered handgun, possession of a firearm without a serial number, possession of a large capacity magazine and possession of a controlled substance.

An investigator from the Citizens Law Enforcement Review Board responded to the facility following news of the death. A cause of death will be determined by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

– City News Service

Updated 9:55 p.m. March 17, 2022