Officials investigating death of jail inmate who reportedly had drug and health issues
Submitted by Howard Owens on July 14, 2011 - 9:11am
Investigators have yet to determine the cause of death of 42-year-old Nikko C. Gambino, an inmate of the Genesee County Jail, who died Friday after being transported to UMMC.
Gambino was reportedly going through withdrawals from drugs and suffered various other medical issues, according to Sheriff Gary Maha.
Medical examiners have yet to determine the cause of death and are conducting an autopsy.
Gambino most recently made news locally after he was caught allegedly smuggling drugs into the jail. In that case, the search warrant was executed at UMMC, where Gambino reportedly had to pass the drugs before they could be recovered.
In a press release, Maha said Gambino was being closely monitored by corrections officers and medical personnel because of his health issues.
On Friday, at 2:12 p.m., a corrections officer spoke with Gambino who reportedly motioned he was OK. At 2:26 p.m., an officer making his rounds "noticed that Mr. Gambino wasn't doing well," Maha said.
The officer summoned assistance and another corrections officer administered CPR.
Gambino was transported to UMMC by Mercy EMS. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 3:05 p.m.
As required by regulations, the NYS Commission of Corrections was notified immediately of Gambino's death. The commission will conduct its own investigation, as required by law.
There is no sign of foul play, Maha said.