Cook County jail inmate dies in custody, showed signs of head injury: sheriff's office

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A fence surrounds the Cook County jail complex on April 09, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo credit (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — An investigation has been opened into the death of a 24-year-old inmate at Cook County Jail.

Correctional officers and other personnel found Raheem Hatter unresponsive on the floor of his cell around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

Hatter had injuries to his head, officials said. Officers removed Hatter’s cellmate as medical staff performed life-saving measures to no avail. He was pronounced dead.

Hatter was awaiting trial on weapons charges following a November 2021 incident in which he allegedly brought a loaded handgun into University of Chicago Hospital.

Illinois State Police are investigating the in-custody death.

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