62-year-old inmate found unresponsive in Coos County Jail, death investigation underway

Jimmie Rodgers Putman

COQUILLE, Ore. -- A Coos County Jail inmate has died and police are investigating, the Coos County District Attorney said Thursday morning.

According to the DA's press release, around 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, an inmate at the jail, 62-year-old Jimmie Rodgers Putman, was found unresponsive in his cell.

Medical personnel at the jail and paramedics from Coquille Fire Dept. responded, but determined Putman had died, the report said.

“I was notified of his death shortly after 8 p.m. and I responded to the jail,” said Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier. “The medical examiner’s office also responded to the jail. As Mr. Putman’s death occurred while he was in the custody of the jail, I asked that the Oregon State Police respond and take charge of the investigation. A detective from the State Police then responded to the jail.”

According to the District Attorney, there’s no indication of foul play at this time and it appears his death was of natural causes.

“I have ordered that an autopsy be performed and anticipate that will be conducted in the near future,” Frasier said.

The DA said information indicated Putman was a transient, but listed Curry County and Brookings as his place of residency.

At the time of his death, Putman was serving a jail sentence. He was in court on November 14, 2017, and had pled guilty to DUII, Recklessly Endangering and Failure to Appear in the First Degree, officials said.

Frasier said it was his fourth conviction for DUII. Between the three charges, the court had sentenced Putman to a total of 50 days in jail.

The case remains under investigation with the Oregon State Police as the lead agency.

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