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Kane County sheriff: No policy violations found in jail death

Piotr Dutkiewicz
Piotr Dutkiewicz

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – After a review of its policies and procedures, the Kane County Sheriff’s Office determined no violations were committed in connection with the death of an arrestee last week, according to a sheriff’s news release issued Thursday.

Preliminary results of an autopsy conducted Jan. 6 indicated Elgin resident Piotr Dutkiewicz – who was arrested during an eviction on Jan. 5 – died of asphyxia due to hanging himself at the jail, officials have said.

He was arrested that morning after he put an item – a large battery with wires taped to it – on the ground and said, “bomb,” during the eviction, officials have said.

According to Thursday’s release, Dutkiewicz was screened and cleared by medical staff after entering the intake section of the Kane County Adult Justice Center.

He was interviewed about the events that happened during the eviction, and deputies contacted the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office for authorization of felony disorderly conduct charges, according to the release.

Dutkiewicz was in the general waiting area of the jail’s intake section pending the completion of the charging documents, the release states, noting he asked to use the bathroom. That was allowed.

According to the release, he was alone in the bathroom for about 17 minutes when corrections officers checked on him and discovered he had tried to hang himself by using a string from his sweatpants.

Officers and jail medical staff began to administer CPR immediately, but he was pronounced dead at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, the release states.

The formal cause of death is pending a coroner’s report, according to the release.

The release indicated Sheriff Donald Kramer has instructed correctional staff to conduct an additional review to determine whether there are any policies, procedures, systems or other changes that might help prevent inmate suicides.

It also noted that Kramer wanted to express his condolences to Dutkiewicz’s family.

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