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Forum News Service, Published March 05 2013

Wisconsin man dies in jail

SUPERIOR, Wis. -- A 37-year old Superior man died in the Douglas County Jail last week, apparently of complications from a stomach ulcer.

Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec announced Tuesday that Clifford G. Walker died soon after laying down in pain, despite jail officer’s efforts to revive him.

Dalbec said in an interview that Walker, awaiting trial on drug charges, had not informed the jail staff of any past medical problem and didn’t mention he was in pain until other inmates noticed he was on the ground.

“He told people he didn’t feel well and was going to lay down, and that was it,’’ Dalbec said.

Dalbec said officers rushed to Walker’s aid and rendered CPR until paramedics arrived. But efforts to revive Walker failed and he was pronounced dead at the jail.

An autopsy was performed Saturday in Anoka County, Minn. According to Dalbec in a press release, “preliminary results indicated massive internal bleeding due to a perforated ulcer.”