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.