Inmate hospitalized after struggle dies

WAYNE COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A Wayne County jail inmate has died after a struggle with police officers.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office said 54-year-old Graydon Parker III of Goldsboro was arrested Saturday on suspicion of breaking into a car. Officers say he refused to cooperate and was also charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer.

Officers say Parker continued to struggle with officers at the jail and officers had trouble calming him. They say Parker became unresponsive and he was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro.

He had been listed in critical condition before he died Monday.

Maj. Tom Effler said Goldsboro police officers and North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers helped jailers while Parker was struggling.

The State Bureau of Investigation is trying to determine what happened to Parker.

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The SBI has been called in after an inmate at an Eastern Carolina jail ended up in the hospital.

Wayne County deputies say Graydon Parker III is in the intensive care unit at Wayne UNC Health Care after he became unresponsive during a struggle.

The 54-year-old Parker was suspected of breaking into a car on Sanderson Road in the Seven Springs area on Saturday.

Deputies say the man would not cooperate with them, so he was also charged with resist, obstruct and delay a law enforcement officer.

At the jail, deputies say Parker continued being uncooperative, and detention officers tried several times to calm him down. They say the inmate then became unresponsive while struggling with officers and was taken to the hospital.

Wayne UNC said Monday afternoon that Parker was in critical condition.