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Man dies after suffering medical injury while in prison

The West Valley Detention Center is shown in this June 17, 2024, file photo. (KTLA)

A 30-year-old Fontana man died of health problems while the San Bernardino County sheriff was trying to put him in jail.

Joel Valencia was booked into the West Valley Detention Center a few minutes before midnight Friday in connection with a “domestic disturbance” when he “began to act unstable and upon medical examination, it was discovered that he had a rapid heart rate and required transport to the hospital,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.


When he got to the hospital — it was already Saturday — “he became aggressive and suffered a medical emergency,” authorities added.

Despite life-saving measures, Valencia was pronounced dead. The cause of death will be determined by an autopsy.

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