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February RSW inmate death ruled natural

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — There was no foul play in the February death of a Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail inmate, according to a report from the Warren County Sheriff's Office.

Brendan Garrett Sullins, 26, of Strasburg, died Feb. 13 of natural causes, according to the report released Friday.

The Virginia Chief Medical Examinerís Office performed an autopsy on Sullinsí body to determine the cause of death. In addition to the medical examinerís findings, sheriff's investigators said there was nothing found at the jail that would indicate any related criminal actions had occurred.

The Warren County Commonwealthís Attorneyís Office also reviewed the findings.

Sullins was arrested Feb. 10 by Front Royal police on a charge of narcotics possession, Jail Superintendent William Wilson said in February.

He was the first of two RSW inmates to die in custody this year. The second, Leon Joseph Cominsky, 55, of Martinez, Ga., was found hanging in his cell at about 11:30 a.m. June 11. Jail staff administered cardio-pulmonary resuscitation until emergency personnel arrived. Cominsky was taken to Warren Memorial Hospital and transfered to Winchester Medical Center, where he died shortly after 11:30 a.m. June 12.

The sheriff's office is investigating his death.


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