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Schenectady County Jail death not thought due to criminal activity

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Schenectady County Jail death not thought due to criminal activity

The Schenectady County Jail inmate who died Sunday night had a chronic illness, District Attorney Ro
Schenectady County Jail death not thought due to criminal activity
Exterior of the Schenectady County Jail where the inmate population is housed, located on Veeder Ave. in the city of Schenectady.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

The Schenectady County Jail inmate who died Sunday night had a chronic illness, District Attorney Robert M. Carney said Wednesday.

“My understanding is it’s a medical issue, and unless something else turns up regarding that, I think it’s not a criminal matter,” he said.

Terrance Duncan, 34, of Howard Street in Schenectady, already was under constant medical supervision when he became unresponsive around 10 p.m. Sunday, the county Sheriff’s Department said in a previous statement. Two nurses and a sergeant immediately responded to the housing area of the jail and when a nurse couldn’t find a pulse, they began CPR.

They were joined by nursing and correction staff in their efforts until emergency responders arrived.

Duncan was brought by ambulance to Ellis Hospital around 10:30 p.m., and the Sheriff’s Department was notified of his death at 10:51 p.m.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday, the results of which are not yet available, Sheriff Dominic Dagostino said. An investigation into the circumstances of his death is ongoing.

Duncan, who was born in Brooklyn, had been jailed at the Veeder Avenue facility since July 3, the sheriff said. He had been sentenced to 11⁄3 to three years in prison on a conviction of criminal possession of a forged instrument, and the Sheriff’s Department was waiting for the state to decide which prison it would send him to, Dagostino said.

Carney said his office is looking at the death as unfortunate, but not the result of any criminal activity.

“It was a natural death within his own conditions,” he said.

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