Officials Investigate After Inmate Dies While Being Returned To Jail

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Allegheny County Police are investigating after authorities say an inmate who was returning to the jail after being hospitalized fell to the ground and passed away Monday evening.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office identifies the man as 46-year-old Larry Reitz Jr. of White Oak. He was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital.

According to the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office, Reitz had been hospitalized for several weeks and was being transported back to the jail just after 6 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office reports when Reitz stood to get out of the van at the jail, he fell and struck his head.

The jail’s medical staff and paramedics were called. Reitz was taken back to the hospital where he died shortly after being re-admitted.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy.

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