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CCSO Investigating Inmate Death

Post Date:09/18/2017 1:10 PM
A 31-year-old man who was arrested at 2 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Chokoloskee Bridge suffered a medical episode at the Naples Jail Center later that morning and was transported to a local hospital, where he died a day later.

Devan Rewis, 1133 Rewis Road, Chokoloskee, was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and violating emergency measures after encountering a Collier County Sheriff’s Office deputy and two out-of-town deputies who were providing post-hurricane mutual aid to CCSO. Rewis was the passenger in a car that approached the Chokoloskee Bridge at around 1:30 a.m. Officers were stationed at the bridge because it had been damaged during Hurricane Irma.

When the CCSO deputy asked Rewis to exit the vehicle and place his hands on it Rewis got out of the vehicle, pushed one of the officers in the chest and hit him in the head with his right forearm before fleeing. The CCSO deputy and two mutual aid officers ran after Rewis and caught him. Rewis fought them and the struggle continued until the CCSO deputy deployed his taser twice, allowing law enforcement officers to bring Rewis under control and place him in handcuffs.

The driver of the vehicle, Angela Goff, 36, 6030 Painted Leaf Lane, Golden Gate, was charged with violation of an emergency order and possession of narcotic paraphernalia after deputies found two hypodermic needles and a methamphetamine pipe with residue in her purse.

Collier County EMS treated Rewis at the scene and transported him to Physicians Regional Medical Center on Collier Boulevard, where he was treated and medically released to be transported by law enforcement to the Naples Jail Center. Once Rewis was at the jail he resisted Corrections deputies and they deployed oleoresin capsicum spray to bring him under control.

At 8:30 a.m. deputies observed Rewis slumped over in his cell in the medical housing area of the jail after suffering an apparent medical episode. They entered the cell, called for EMS and began CPR. He was transported to Naples Community Hospital downtown, where he died at 5:53 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15.

CCSO’s Major Crimes Bureau is conducting a death investigation, which will include a toxicology report. The agency’s Professional Responsibility Bureau is conducting an administrative investigation to ensure that CCSO policies and procedures were followed.
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