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Jeffco inmate dies at St. Anthony Hospital

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By Deborah Swearingen

An inmate at the Jefferson County Jail died Sunday after being taken to St. Anthony Hospital due to “declining health issues.”

Jeffery John Gillis, 68, was taken to the hospital the day prior to his death, according to a press release from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office. Although his health improved at first, Gillis later “suffered a medical event” just before 2 a.m. and ultimately died.

Gillis had been arrested by the Lakewood Police Department in August on charges of obstructing government operations and resisting arrest.

His death is under investigation by the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office and the Jeffco District Attorney’s Office. Upon the completion of this investigation, the county coroner will determine the cause and manner of Gillis’ death.