Shasta County officials investigating second in-custody death in just 10 days

UPDATED: Monday, Sept. 23, 3:30 p.m., With Coroner’s release of information

See Original Story below.

REDDING — Officials have identified a second inmate who died while in-custody at Shasta County Jail in Redding in the last ten days. The man died after he was found having an unspecified medical crisis inside his cell early Sunday morning, Sept. 22. Despite life-saving efforts, the inmate passed away at the jail.

Shasta County Chief Deputy Coroner Lieutenant Randall has since identified 31-year-old, John David Adena, of Redding, as the man who died yesterday morning.

“The decedent’s next-of-kin has been notified and a postmortem examination will be scheduled,” said Randall.

The case remains under investigation by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office, Major Crimes Unit.

Original Story: Shasta County officials investigating second in-custody death in just 10 days

REDDING — Authorities are investigating a second in-custody death of an inmate at Shasta County Jail to happen in just ten days after a man being held at the Redding facility began having “medical difficulties,” early Sunday morning, Sept. 22. Despite being rushed to the jail’s medical unit for treatment, the inmate subsequently passed away.

The other inmate, who has since been identified as 58-year-old, Teddy Woodrow Abbie, of Redding, died while in custody Thursday, Sept.12. According to officials, Abbie died after being involved in a confrontation with jail staff members and becoming combative with correctional deputies while being placed into a safety cell after making suicidal statements. He was later found unresponsive inside the cell where he had been placed for his own protection.


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Sunday morning’s incident began just after 5 a.m., when “correctional deputies and a medical staff member observed a male inmate having medical difficulties while he was in his cell,” Shasta County Jail Cpt. Dave Kent reported earlier today.

“Custody staff escorted the inmate to the jail medical unit where he subsequently became unresponsive,” said Kent.

Correctional deputies and members of the jail’s medical staff immediately began life-saving efforts while other medical professionals were summoned to the facility to help. However, despite life-saving efforts, the inmate was eventually pronounced deceased by authorized medical personnel at the jail, according to Kent.

Based on the circumstances, Shasta County Sheriff’s detectives and Coroner’s personnel were called in to investigate the inmate’s death.

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The man’s identity has not yet been publicly released, pending further investigation and notification of his family.

An autopsy has been scheduled for this week to determine the cause and manner of the inmate’s death.

This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.


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