BROCTON – Officials from the New York State Department of Corrections say they are investigating the Monday death of Jamel McIntosh, an inmate at the Lakeview Scock Incarceration Correctional Facility.
McIntosh was reportedly assigned to the facility’s Intensive Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment program. On Monday, officials say a correction officer on rounds observed McIntosh unresponsive on the shower floor in his cell. Staff immediately unlocked his cell and entered to check his condition. Facility medical staff were summonsed and began emergency response efforts.
Outside emergency medical services were also called. McIntosh was transported by ambulance to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, where he was pronounced dead, according to officials.
While the official cause of death will be determined and released by the Chautauqua County Medical Examiner’s Office pursuant to County Law §671 and §674, officials say preliminary autopsy results indicate McIntosh’s body had no signs of trauma.
Any death that appears other than natural causes or from a known medical condition is thoroughly investigated by New York State Police and DOCCS’ Office of Special Investigations. Interviews of other incarcerated individuals in close proximity to Mr. McIntosh were conducted and video surveillance was reviewed, neither of which officials say revealed any staff misconduct or involvement in the incident.
The investigation is ongoing at this time. All deaths in DOCCS’ facilities are also reviewed by the State Commission of Correction.
McIntosh was serving time for two counts of second-degree robbery and a count of first-degree criminal contempt.