Authorities investing death of Coffee County Jail inmate

Jeffrey Todd Ivie

The death of a Coffee County Jail inmate is being investigated by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigation.

Jail personnel on Tuesday found Jeffrey Todd Ivie, 45, of New Brockton, unresponsive. Officers immediately began CPR and nurses transported him to a nearby hospital, according to CCSO Chief Deputy Ronnie Whitworth.

“He passed away at the hospital emergency room,” Whitworth said. “He just quit breathing, and several parties tried to perform CPR. Apparently -- and this is just me guessing -- it seemed he may have had a heart attack, but we are still waiting on results from an autopsy.”

Because Ivie was a county jail inmate, an outside agency -- in this case, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency -- is conducting the primary investigation.

Ivie’s body was sent to Montgomery for an autopsy to determine cause of death. Whitworth said authorities are awaiting preliminary results.

Ivie was in jail for 24 hours before his death. He had been previously incarcerated on a charge of domestic violence, according to Whitworth, and was in jail facing charges of possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of marijuana and a parole violation.

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