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Monroe County Sheriff's Office investigates death of incarcerated man

Denise Young

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man who was incarcerated at the county jail.

Authorities say that at about 11 a.m. Sunday, they found 62-year-old Brian Harmon of Rochester, unresponsive in a cell, and immediately started life-saving measures. EMS crews took over those efforts when they arrived.

Harmon was taken by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital, and he was pronounced dead there.

Deputies say that Harmon was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff's Office on Sept. 22 for a parole violation. As part of standard procedure when he was incarcerated, he was screened by the jail’s contract medical provider and he was housed in a medical unit.

As part of protocols, there is both an internal investigation into the death, and the New York State Attorney General’s Office and Commission of Corrections have been notified as well.

The Sheriff’s Office said it will fully cooperate with those reviews.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.