Man dies while in custody at Los Angeles County sheriff's station in Lakewood

File photo of jail bars. (KABC)

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of man who was in custody at the Los Angeles County sheriff's station in Lakewood.

At approximately 6:30 a.m. Thursday, the station's jailer found a Hispanic man unresponsive in his single-man cell, sheriff's officials said.

Deputies were immediately alerted and department personnel began to administer CPR. Firefighters arrived and took over, but the man did not respond. He was pronounced dead at 6:48 a.m.

Authorities said there were no obvious signs of physical trauma on the man. The cause of his death will be determined by the coroner's office.

The man, in his 50s, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Bellflower on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was transported to the station and booked.

The man's identity was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

If you have any relevant information, you're urged to contact the LASD's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. You can also submit anonymous tips by contacting Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.
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