A death at the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield last month is under investigation. The Virginia State Police said its Bureau of Criminal Investigation's is investigating the May 20 death of inmate Sheri D. Cook, 43, of Whitesburg, Kentucky. Cook was taken to the jail for processing on the afternoon on May 20 and was secured in a safety chair due to her combative behavior. At around 7 p.m., she was found unresponsive. Cook was taken to a hospital in Wise County where she was pronounced dead. Her body was taken to the Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke for examination and autopsy. State police is still investigating Cook's death.
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