Sheriff's Office: 'Underlying Health Conditions' Believed to be Cause of Inmate's Death

Monday, May 7, 2018 | Polk County Sheriff's Office |


On 5/3/18 at approximately 6:05 a.m., inmates advised Polk County Jail Staff that another inmate could not be woken up in their housing area. They further advised that they didn’t think the man was breathing. Jail staff responded to the housing area and began to check on the man. The man was not breathing and staff was unable to locate a pulse. Staff immediately began CPR and called for an ambulance. Staff also connected an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the man, which was activated (recommended a shock), twice during the course of care.

When the ambulance arrived patient care was turned over to ambulance staff. A pulse was reestablished and the patient was transported to St. Croix Medical Center by ambulance. The patient was later airlifted to Regions hospital in St. Paul, MN.

On 5/4/18, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the man had died at about 10:41 a.m. The deceased is identified as Glen Collins, 71, Amery. The cause of death is believed to be related to Mr. Collins’ underlying health conditions, but because the event leading to the death occurred while he was in the Polk County Jail, the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office was requested to conduct a full and independent, outside agency investigation of the incident.

At the time of the incident, Mr. Collins was being held on a Probation Hold.



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