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Coffee Creek inmate collapses, dies

46-year-old Carlton Ford pronounced dead of unknown cause

A male inmate at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville was pronounced dead Monday morning after unexpectedly collapsing, according to the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Carlton Ford, who entered the facility less than a month ago and was not eligible for release until 2019, reportedly collapsed in his cell and was unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 7:25 a.m. Monday after attempts to resuscitate him failed.

The reason for Ford's collapse was not immediately clear. He was 46 years old.

The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating Ford's death. The department said in a release that it investigates “all unanticipated deaths in state prisons.”

Vicki Reynolds, Coffee Creek's public information officer, said an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.

“It's still kind of hazy how it all happened,” Reynolds said. “We were notified that he wasn't breathing, so we called medical immediately and they started CPR, but it didn't seem to have any effect.”

Paramedics pronounced Ford dead at the scene, Reynolds said.

Ford was convicted in Multnomah County of burglary, menacing and weapons use.

He entered Coffee Creek on Aug. 26. His earliest release date was March 31, 2019.

Coffee Creek is primarily a women's prison, accommodating all of Oregon's female inmates — about 1,260 people, according to the Department of Corrections. However, it also includes the state's intake center, which houses about 400 male inmates.

Ford was a Department of Corrections inmate. He was housed at the intake center at Coffee Creek at the time of his death, Reynolds confirmed.