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Inmate dies at jail; autopsy set for today

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Investigators are waiting for the results of an autopsy that is planned today to learn more about how a jail inmate died.

Thomas A. Wyss, 59, Whiteland, collapsed at the Johnson County jail on Sunday afternoon. Emergency workers tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at Johnson Memorial Hospital, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

Wyss had been arrested on warrants for operating while intoxicated and probation revocation and brought to the jail early Saturday morning, Cox said.

Just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Wyss collapsed in a jail cell he shared with another inmate, Cox said. The other inmate hit an emergency button in the cell and called for correctional officers.

They responded quickly and called for help, Cox said. Emergency workers and firefighters tried to resuscitate Wyss, and then took him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The sheriff’s office has reviewed surveillance video, which showed no fights and did not show Wyss having any issues before he collapsed, Cox said. He declined to discuss if Wyss had any health problems.

Wyss was with one other inmate in the cell, which is close to correctional officers so they can easily monitor inmates, Cox said.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the death and is awaiting the results of an autopsy set to be conducted today, he said.

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