An Allegheny County Jail inmate was found dead Saturday evening, the warden reported.
An officer making rounds about 4:40 on Pod 8D noticed that a cell window on the pod had been covered, Warden Orlando Harper said.
The officer’s attempts to make contact with the inmate in that were unsuccessful, Harper said, and the officers on duty opened the cell and found the inmate, Dana Abraham, 64, of Tarentum, unresponsive in the cell with bindings around his neck.The bindings were cut and removed from the inmate’s neck, and he was placed on the floor of the cell, Harper said. CPR was administered immediately by responding medical staff, continuing until an EMS arrived. Medics declared the inmate dead at 4:54 p.m.
County police and the medical examiner are investigating.
“As with any incident at the jail, we will conduct a full investigation and review the incident,” Harper added.
Abraham had been in the jail since July 2017 when county police arrested him on attempted homicide and related charges for allegedly trying to shoot his wife and son when they went to a Tarentum neighbor’s home in an attempt to flee from him, according to online court records. He was being held on $25,000 bail awaiting a November nonjury trial, court records show
Tribune-Review staff writer Renatta Signorini contributed.