George Bailey Detention Facility
George Bailey Detention Facility. Photo courtesy San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

A 54-year-old inmate suffered some type of medical emergency and died at George Bailey Detention Facility, authorities reported Wednesday.

Deputies conducting a security check at the Otay Mesa jail found the man in the throes of an unknown ailment in his cell shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

The inmate died at the scene, despite lifesaving efforts on the part of deputies and paramedics. His name is being withheld pending family notification.

The inmate was alone in his cell when he was stricken, Lt. Chris Steffen said.

An autopsy in the case is scheduled for Thursday, the lieutenant added.

— City News Service