Detainee dies in custody at the Cobb County jail

Sign for the Cobb County Adult Detention Center facility

Photo: Cobb County Courier/Larry Felton Johnson, CC BY 4.0

A detainee died in custody yesterday at the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.

Randi Okray, a Senior Marketing and Public Relations Specialist at the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office distributed the following public information release this afternoon:

On Monday, Nov. 13, an ambulance was dispatched to the Cobb County Adult Detention Center after a detainee, Fernando Carr, experienced chest pains and began seizing. 

The detainee was booked into the ADC on Nov. 1, 2023, with a documented heart condition and a drug addiction. 

Mr. Carr was in the recreation yard when he began experiencing chest pains. He was immediately taken to the infirmary and given fluids. He was initially responsive when engaging with the medical staff. While receiving care, he began to have another episode, at which time immediate life-saving techniques were administered by medical personnel.

Mr. Carr passed away Monday at Kennestone Hospital. 

Sheriff Owens has notified the Georgia Bureau of Investigations of his passing. The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office has begun a standard internal investigation to ensure protocols were followed. The Cobb County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the official cause of death.

The Courier reached out to the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office for more information, but has not heard from them at the time of publication. We will update with more information as we receive it.