Inmate commits suicide in SF jail


A 50-year-old San Francisco man who died in an apparent suicide Tuesday while incarcerated in San Francisco County Jail had been arrested three days earlier for allegedly violating a stay-away order, according to the sheriff’s department.

The inmate, Alberto Carlos Petrolino, was arrested on Saturday for allegedly twice violating a stay-away order, San Francisco sheriff’s assistant legal counsel Mark Nicco said.

On Tuesday, Petrolino died in County Jail No. 2, located on Seventh Street in San Francisco, Nicco said.

Petrolino’s family has been notified of the death and Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi extended his condolences to the family.

While investigations are underway by San Francisco police, the sheriff’s department’s internal affairs unit and the medical examiner’s office, no other information will be released about Petrolino, Nicco said.

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