The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office has contacted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) for assistance in investigating the death of a detention center inmate Sunday afternoon.
Carl Watson, 59, of Winder, was found unresponsive in his cell by detention center personnel. He was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:28 p.m.
“Anytime someone experiences the death of a loved family member it is a tragedy,” said Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith. “The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office would like to send our condolences to the family of Carl Watson.”
Watson was taken into custody on Sept. 11 for public intoxication. According to the arrest report, Watson was uncooperative and was placed in restraints upon arrival at the jail. The restraints, known as the “wrap,” are used to immobilize an inmate’s arms and legs for both the inmate’s protection and that of detention center staff.