Pinellas County inmate’s death under investigation

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Pinellas County Sheriff’s officials are investigating an inmate death.

Inmate John Meija-Gallego complained of being short of breath on Thursday and was taken to a local hospital. He died soon after arrival.

The 30-year-old Meija-Gallego was being housed in the jail’s health care division for a preexisting terminal illness. Officials say his death doesn’t appear to be suspicious.

Meija-Gallego was a citizen of Bogota, Colombia. He was being held in the Pinellas County Jail for the U.S. Marshals Service.

The county medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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