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Inmate death under investigation at Dubuque County Jail

Dubuque County, IOWA – DCSO said the 47-year-old inmate was reportedly found unresponsive in his jail cell Friday.

His name is Virgil Polkinghorn Jr. and he was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

According to the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and a nurse reportedly performed CPR and used a portable defibrillator. 

The 47-year-old inmate was being held on a $1,000 cash bond for a misdemeanor assault charge.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death, officials said.

This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available. 

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