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MUSKEGON, Mich. – Dahnontae McKinley was found unresponsive in his jail cell on Saturday afternoon, and was later pronounced dead at Hackley Hospital.

According to Sheriff Dean Roesler, video recordings show that, at around 3:07PM on Saturday, McKinley had physically pushed past a guard to escape his cell.  Video also shows he was being escorted back to his cell by several deputies.

Once returned to his cell, McKinley once again tried to forcibly escape from his cell, and physically resisted the deputies.  A fight broke out, and pepper spray was used in an attempt to subdue the inmate, but it had no effect on him.  Two guards were injured, both of whom were treated and released.

Ultimately, deputies were successful in getting control over the situation, and McKinley was placed in a restraint chair within his cell.  On a routine check at 3:30PM — 13 minutes after the incident began — McKinley was round unresponsive in his cell.  CPR was attempted, and he was transported to Hackley Hospital, where efforts to revive him were not successful.

McKinley had been an inmate since December 14, 2012, and was incarcerated on pending charges of robbery.  He also had pending charges of domestic violence and solicitation of prostitution.  McKinley has a history of multiple convictions of domestic violence, aggravated assault, and a felony drug charge.

Michigan State Police is now handling the investigation.  Autopsy results are forthcoming.

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10 comments

  • 2013worldseries

    Wow, quite a different picture than the one WOODTV has. I have never been pepper sprayed, but I'm sure if I did, the police version of the stuff would likely stop me in my tracks. Something tells me there might have been something else going on here if someone tries to escape a second time knowing guards were waiting to stop them and pepper spray was not enough to get the job done. Nevertheless, this is a family loss that needs to be fully explained. The autopsy should resolve all this. I am very sorry for the family and friend's loss.

  • Bill

    Hmmm another inmate who loses their life after an “altercation” with the deputys in mcj….. Just like the guy who slipped his belly chains and beat the guard in the face…hung himself while on suicide watch and video surveilance…bottom line is how many more people have to
    Die before the corruption is investigated ?

  • Joe Morris

    ok what i don't get is that he was in a restraining chair…he could do no harm to anyone, not even himself. how did he die? something in this story is left unsaid. Where is the truth behind this?

  • Joy

    I was almost quick to respond to this. I'm glad I took a second to actually read the story. No matter what his crime (charges were still pending), there was some severe negligence on behalf of the deputies. No one deserves to die alone strapped to a chair. UGH!

    • Bill

      I hope the deputys lose their job and their freedom! That couldve been any one of us in muskegon.from your ignorant comment it probably wont be long till your getting your mugshot taken

  • chips_chick

    Bill It wouldn't of been me, & if I was ignorant enough to get locked up I sure the fuck wouldn't continuously try to break out. He deserved to be pepper sprayed even though it says but it had no effect on him.
    "james" you need to read this article again..A fight broke out, and pepper spray was used in an attempt to subdue the inmate, but it had no effect on him. Two guards were injured, both of whom were treated and released. It doesn't say the inmate was hurt, in fact it says it didn't effect him.

    Ultimately, deputies were successful in getting control over the situation, and McKinley was placed in a restraint chair within his cell. On a routine check at 3:30PM — 13 minutes after the incident began — McKinley was round unresponsive in his cell. CPR was attempted, and he was transported to Hackley Hospital, where efforts to revive him were not successful.