Name of Inmate Who Died in Jail Released

A man who was shot by a sheriff’s deputy in Jan­u­ary after ram­ming his pickup into a Lake­port Police officer’s vehi­cle has been iden­ti­fied as the inmate who died at the jail last Sat­ur­day. In a press release, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office says the inmate was 37-year-old James Ellis Smith. Smith was unre­spon­sive when a cor­rec­tional offi­cer found him shortly after 9 a.m. last Sat­ur­day, dur­ing a rou­tine cell check. Staff and Lake­port Fire per­son­nel attempted CPR, but could not revive him. Sheriff’s offi­cials will release fur­ther details the cause of death when they have the result of an autopsy.