Official: Virginia Inmate dies of self-inflicted injury

Official: Virginia Inmate dies of self-inflicted injury
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PRINCE GEORGE, Va. - Authorities say an inmate who was found unresponsive at a Virginia jail has died of an apparent self-inflicted injury.

Riverside Regional Jail spokesperson Lt. Charlene Jones said in a news release that 51-year-old Sean Burke died Monday.

Burke was being held at the jail on a felony drug charge following his Oct. 9 arrest.

Jones says jail staff conducted CPR on Burke when they found him unresponsive in his cell during the evening. Paramedics had also assisted.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Burke was scheduled to appear in court earlier that day.

Jones says it appeared he committed suicide.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

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