Hutchinson Man Found Dead in Jail Cell


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) Authorities say a 54-year-old Hutchinson man found dead in a jail cell appears to have died of natural causes.

Reno County sheriff’s deputies found 54-year-old James Richard Shumpert unresponsive in his cell Sunday night, less than 24 hours after he was booked into the jail. He was pronounced dead at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.

The sheriff’s department said Shumpert had a history of medical problems. An autopsy will determine the cause of death.

Shumpert was taken into custody late Saturday on suspicion of criminal possession of a firearm, violating probation and possession of drugs and paraphernalia. He had previous convictions in Sedgwick and Reno counties on several charges.


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