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Death of Cook County Jail detainee ruled homicide, officials say

Sunday, February 02, 2020
Chicago Tribune
by Morgan Greene

The Cook County medical examiner’s office has ruled that the Cook County Jail detainee who was fatally beaten early Saturday morning died in a homicide.

Pedro Ruiz, 19, of the 4300 block of South Wood Street, died of multiple injuries, according to the medical examiner.

Cook County correctional officers in Division IX found Ruiz unresponsive in his cell with apparent head trauma about 1:55 a.m., according to Cook County sheriff’s spokesman Joe Ryan, and “immediately began lifesaving measures.” Ruiz’s cellmate was secured in handcuffs and moved to another cell.

Cook County sheriff’s police are conducting the investigation, and no charges have been filed at this time.

Ruiz was transported by Chicago Fire Department paramedics to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Ruiz was arrested after police identified him as a suspect in the shooting of a 21-year-old man on Tuesday in the 1800 block of West 47th Street about 11:20 p.m., said Officer Michael Carroll, a Chicago police spokesman.

Chicago Tribune’s Rosemary Sobol and Deanese Williams-Harris contributed.

Ruiz was ordered held at the jail without bond Friday on charges that included attempted murder and aggravated battery, according to Ryan.

 



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