Polk County Sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of a Polk County Jail inmate that occurred this morning, Saturday, May 12, 2012. Preliminary information so far is as follows:
28-year-old Brian George Brewer, DOB 7/12/1983, whose most recent address was 2208 Abbey Road in Winter Haven, was arrested by the Polk County Sheriff's Office on Friday, February 17, 2012, for two counts Violation of Probation (original charges: Auburndale PD arrest for Fraud and Petit Theft). Brewer was sentenced to 270 days in jail and has been housed in a cell in the South County Jail in Frostproof since his sentencing.
At approximately 5:00 a.m., this morning (Saturday, May 12th), Brewer was found unresponsive in his bunk by his cellmate, who called for detention deputies to respond to the cell. The deputies immediately responded and called 911 for an ambulance to transport him. The deputies also immediately began performing CPR. Brewer never regained consciousness, and was pronounced deceased at the jail. He has been transported to the Medical Examiner's Office.
No foul play is suspected. An autopsy will be conducted on Monday, May 14th to determine exact cause of death.
Brewer has been in the Polk County Jail on seven prior occasions:
- Arrested by PCSO in December 2006 for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;
- Arrested by PCSO in May 2007 for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;
- Arrested by PCSO in May 2008 for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;
· Arrested by PCSO in April 2010 for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia;
· Arrested by PCSO in May 2010 for DUI;
· Arrested by Auburndale PD in September 2011 for Forgery and Petit Theft;
· Arrested by PCSO in October 2011 for Forgery;
This is an ongoing death investigation. It is standard PCSO policy for mandated, independent investigations to be conducted when an inmate dies. The PCSO Administrative Investigations Section is conducting an internal review. The PCSO Bureau of Criminal Investigations is conducting the death investigation. The Polk County Medical Examiner will conduct the autopsy to determine the manner and cause of death. PCSO has notified the State Attorney’s Office about this investigation, and upon its completion PCSO will forward all paperwork to the State Attorney’s Office for their review.