Durham, N.C. — A 21-year-old inmate died at the Durham County Detention Center last Thursday, the sheriff's office announced Monday.
Detention staffers found Terry Demetrius Lee unconscious in his cell at about 2:20 p.m. They performed CPR until emergency medical personnel arrived.
Paramedics tried to revive him for an extended time, but their efforts were unsuccessful, and Lee was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the sheriff's office. His body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office for examination.
Lee was booked into the jail early Wednesday on several felony charges, and he was being held under a $1,000,500 bond, according to the sheriff's office.
“My thoughts are with the Lee family, and I’m very sorry for their loss,” Sheriff Mike Andrews said in a statement. “My office is conducting an investigation surrounding Mr. Lee’s death, and we have notified the SBI, which is standard procedure.”
Lee was previously in the news in 2008 after a tip to the Fox 50 show, NC Wanted, led to his arrest. The then-16-year-old was accused of robbing and shooting a man.