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Inmate dies in Beltrami County Jail

BEMIDJI—A 27-year-old man died Sunday in the Beltrami County Jail from an "unknown medical condition," officials said Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Hardel H. Sherrell, of Apple Valley, Minn., "collapsed and became unresponsive" at approximately 4:58 p.m., according to a release from the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office.

The jail staff undertook CPR and used an automated external defibrillator in an attempt to revive Sherrell. He died at the facility.

An investigation into the death is being conducted by several area agencies, including the Beltrami County Coroner's Office, the Bemidji Police Department and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office, officials said.

According to Chief Deputy Ernie Beitel, Sherrell had been in the Beltrami County Jail since Friday, Aug. 24. He was arrested in Dakota County on a local warrant for felon in possession of a firearm.

Jordan Shearer

Jordan Shearer covers crime and social issues for the Bemidji Pioneer. A Rochester native and Bemidji State grad, he previously spent several years in western Nebraska writing for the Keith County News. Follow him on Twitter @Jmanassa

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