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Cedar City man dies in Iron County Jail following 'medical episode'

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Posted at 3:05 PM, Jul 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-05 17:05:27-04

IRON COUNTY, Utah -- A Cedar City man died while in custody at the Iron County Jail Saturday, officials with the Iron County Sheriff's Office said.

A press release states that Justin Anderson, 49. was arrested on drug-related charges and taken to the Iron County Jail. While being booked, the release said Anderson experienced a "medical episode."

Jail and ambulance personnel tried to give medical aid to Anderson, the release said, but he did not survive and was pronounced dead at the jail.

"Members of the Critical Indicant Taskforce [CITF] were called out along with Iron County Sheriff Detectives, and personnel from the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office to conduct an in-custody death investigation," the press release stated. "Mr. Anderson’s body was transported to the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death."