Adult in Custody Death at the Marion County Jail

During the morning of November 5, 2021, Lawrence Hammond, 36, experienced an apparent medical emergency in the Marion County Jail. Deputies and onsite medical staff at the facility began administering CPR in an attempt to resuscitate him. Additional emergency medical personnel from the Salem Fire Department and Falck Ambulance were called to the scene to assist. Mr. Hammond was later pronounced as deceased at the scene.

In accordance with the policy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, detectives from the Enforcement Division of the Sheriff’s Office were asked to conduct an investigation into the death in cooperation with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and Medical Examiner. Under ORS 146.090, a death investigation is required for all deaths occurring while incarcerated in any jail, correction facility or in police custody.