On January 24, 2020, a deputy with the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on Highway 221 South in Forest City. The driver of the vehicle took off running on foot. A foot pursuit ensued and the subject was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Rutherford County Detention Center.
After arriving at the Rutherford County Detention Center, the subject became unresponsive. First aid was administered by detention officers until Rutherfordton Fire Department and Rutherford County EMS arrived on scene.
The subject identified as Jackie Israel Sanders of Spartanburg SC passed away at the Rutherford County Detention Center.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the death.
An autopsy will be conducted at Baptist Hospital on Tuesday January 28, 2020 in Winston Salem.