UNITY, NH–The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office and the NH State Police are investigating the manner and cause of the death of a protective custody inmate at the Sullivan County Department of Corrections, said David Berry, Superintendent of the Sullivan County Department of Corrections, and Marc Hathaway, Sullivan County Attorney. Edward Hawkins, 50, of Claremont, NH, was taken into protective custody by the Claremont Police Department and taken to the Department of Corrections at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Friday, June 10. Following DOC policy, Hawkins was placed into a single observation cell where he was subject to regular observation by corrections staff over the next hour.
During observation, a DOC supervisor found Hawkins to be unconscious and unresponsive. DOC staff initiated CPR and called for an ambulance. Correctional officers continued CPR until EMS from Golden Cross Ambulance and the Unity Fire Department arrived. Efforts by DOC staff and emergency responders failed to revive Hawkins, and he was pronounced dead by the medical examiner approximately one hour later.
Agencies that responded to the Department of Corrections include the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, NH State Police and the Sullivan County Attorney. The NH Attorney General’s Office has also been notified. No further information will be available until the results of the autopsy and toxicology testing are known.
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