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MARTINEZ: Karthik Kandaswamy Died In Martinez Jail Cell After Being Found Unresponsive By Guards

Nov 8, 2018

Karthik Kandaswamy Death: 26-Year-Old Inmate Died In Holding Cell  of Martinez Jail After Being Arrested

 MARTINEZ, CALIFORNIA (November 7, 2018) A 26-year-old inmate that tragically died at the Martinez Detention Facility has been identified as  Karthik Kandaswamy.

Martinez police are saying that  Karthik Kandaswamy was arrested one day earlier by the San Ramon Police Department. Officers found the victim unresponsive in his holding cell around 11:27 p.m.

Medical personnel were called to the scene and began life-saving measures. But he was later pronounced dead.

An investigation into the inmate’s death remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Inmate Deaths

Unfortunately, deaths at county jails are quite common. Police officers and jail staff don’t always fully understand an inmate’s medical needs. An inmate might be overdosing on alcohol or drugs. If a suspect isn’t given proper medical attention quickly they could go into cardiac arrest. If police officers or jail staff do not give an inmate adequate aid while they are experiencing a medical emergency they  may face civil liability if the inmate dies. The family of the victim may have the ability to file a wrongful death claim for damages.

Getting Help From A Wrongful Death Attorney

If you or someone that you love has died while in police custody you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced personal injury attorneys are here to help you in any way that we can. We have the staff and resources to investigate your case and let you know what your options are. Whether you just have questions about your rights or you’re looking to get more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach us anytime at (888) 888-9285.


  1. Patch. In-Custody Death Reported At Martinez Jail. 2018.
  2. Ephrat Livni. Inmate Wrongful Deaths: Suing for Neglect or Abuse in Jail or Prison. November 5, 2018


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