Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate in the Gage County Detention Center.
According to Deputy Gage County Attorney Amanda Spracklen–Hogan, 26–year–old Adam Wolken was found unresponsive in his cell just before 4 a.m. Saturday.
In a news release, she said law enforcement and paramedics performed CPR on Wolken, but could not revive him.
Nebraska State Patrol is currently investigating the death.
The Gage County Sheriff said state law requires a grand jury investigation any time a person dies in state custody or in the process of being detained.
Wolken was arrested for taking three people hostage at the Travelers Lodge in north Beatrice late Wednesday night.
Beatrice Police said the hostage situation was resolved after a three hour stand–off. They said Wolken held his girlfriend or ex–girlfriend, their son and a friend hostage in the motel room with a 9 mm handgun and rifle.
Authorities said it started when Wolken pointed a handgun at the 20–month–old.
The Beatrice SWAT team was called to the motel and eventually talked Wolken into releasing the child and friend. Police said negotiations continued, and the other hostage was able to escape.
Wolken eventually surrendered.
The cause of his death is not being given at this point.
BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate in southeast Nebraska's Gage County Detention Center.
Officials say police were summoned to the jail just before 4 a.m. Saturday.
Deputy Gage County Attorney Amanda Spracklen-Hogan has confirmed that a male inmate had died at the jail. She and other authorities are not releasing the man's name or details on how he might have died pending notification of his family.
Spracklen-Hogan says officials tried to revive the man, but couldn't.
The Nebraska State Patrol will investigate. State law requires a grand jury investigation any time a person died in state custody or during in the process of being detained.