North Vernon inmate dies after incident at Decatur County jail

A North Vernon man died over the weekend following a medical emergency while being held prisoner in the Decatur County Jail.

The sheriff’s department reports that 32-year-old Shain Coffey died while at Decatur County Hospital Saturday. He had been a prisoner in the Decatur County Jail on charges of being a serious violent felon in possession of handgun, and possession of methamphetamine, both felonies.

Coffey was found unconscious in his cell Saturday and jail officers along with Greensburg police attempted to revive him. Decatur County paramedics arrived and took Coffey to the hospital, where he died.

Sheriff Dave Durant said that the Indiana State Police have been called in to investigate the incident.