Harnett County Jail Inmate Dies

LILLINGTON – A inmate in the Harnett County Jail has died. On Tuesday, an inmate told guards his cellmate was unresponsive and needed medical attention.

Detention personnel requested an ambulance to respond and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. The inmate, Eric Griffith, 29, of Sanford was later pronounced deceased.

As standard procedure with all detention center deaths, the NC SBI is investigating. An autopsy is also being performed.

In a press release, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office said they are also conducting an internal review of the incident. The investigation into the cause of death remains ongoing.