Sheriff: Moss Point suspect dies in New Orleans custody

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans jail inmate awaiting extradition to Mississippi to face a homicide charge died at a hospital where he was taken Tuesday after he was found unresponsive at the lockup, the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s statement said the inmate was revived at the jail, but died later at University Medical Center in New Orleans. The sheriff’s office said he was being held on $1 million bond on a fugitive warrant from Mississippi. The coroner’s office on Wednesday confirmed the inmate was Anthony Rashawn Hunt, 37.

The coroner says the official cause of Hunt’s death remains under investigation. The sheriff’s office said there were no signs of self harm or injury and that the hospital’s preliminary examination indicated Hunt suffered cardiac arrest.

The arrest date in the sheriff’s news release coincides with the first court appearance of a man arrested June 11 by New Orleans police and U.S. marshals after a brief standoff. He was one of three people facing charges in Moss Point, Mississippi, in the shooting death of Devonte Carson, 27, on May 27, according to a news release earlier this week from Moss Point police.

Moss Point Police Chief Brandon Ashley said in a press release issued Tuesday that Anthony Rashawn Hunt had been taken into custody in New Orleans and was awaiting extradition to face charges stemming from a May 27 shooting. The victim, Carson, 27, died after being taken to Singing River Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound.


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