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One Inmate Dead at Northern Branch Jail

Original press release dated 12/28/2022:

Santa Maria, Calif. – On Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at approximately 7:49 a.m., Deputy Sheriff’s from the Santa Maria Station responded to the 800-block of Redwood Avenue in Orcutt for a check-the-welfare. During the call, the deputies contacted the suspect who was found to be in violation of his conditions of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Parole. The suspect attempted to walk away but was ultimately arrested and transported to the Northern Branch Jail.

While at the jail, the suspect began to resist Custody Deputies and was escorted to a cell for observation. During the placement in the cell, the suspect became unresponsive, and Custody Deputies quickly began life-saving measures including one round of Naloxone. When Wellpath medical arrived, additional rounds of Naloxone were administered and suspect regained consciousness.

County Fire and American Medical Response (AMR) responded. When AMR arrived, the suspect was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Bureau and the Coroner’s Office are investigating the in-custody death. Additional information will be released once family members have been notified and after the conclusion of the investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to highlight this incident as an example of the danger of fentanyl use, the importance of carrying naloxone, and recognizing the signs of overdose which may include:

  • Difficult to wake up
  • Slowed Breathing
  • Confusion
  • Blue or pale lips and fingernails

If you notice these signs, call 911 immediately and give naloxone. For more information about fentanyl overdose, the signs of overdose and how to get naloxone, visit

Update from 12/29/2022–

Santa Maria, Calif. – The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office is releasing additional information from the in-custody death at the Northern Branch Jail that occurred on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. The deceased inmate has been identified as 33-year-old Jaime Angel Gonzalez from Santa Maria.

The Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide additional updates upon the conclusion of the investigation.

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