BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) — State police are investigating the death of a Maryland man in a western Pennsylvania jail.
Authorities said Mark Cook of Ellerslie, Md. was awaiting a court hearing Tuesday when he died of an apparent health problem in the Bedford County Correctional Facility.READ MORE: Baltimore Police Officer "Miraculously" Avoids Injury After Crashing Into Stream
Warden David Kessling told The (Altoona) Mirror that Cook, 43, was in the recreation yard with other inmates when he reported trouble breathing and asked for medical help.
Kessling said Cook collapsed while waiting for a nurse, who was in another wing. The county coroner pronounced him dead at the jail.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: 1.5K New Cases & 17 Deaths Reported Saturday
Kessling declined to describe Cook’s health but said he may have had prior medical problems.
Online court documents indicated that he was arrested in April on charges of criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.MORE NEWS: People In Baltimore Protest In Solidarity, Mourning Daunte Wright's Death After He Was Fatally Shot By Police During Traffic Stop In Minnesota
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