East County News Service
February 7, 2024 (San Diego) – A man presumed to be homeless was arrested by San Diego Police for felony vandalism last June. On February 4, Liutoa Vitale Vili, 54, died in a hospital while still in custody.
A deputy and a nurse handing out medications in a housing unit at the Central Jail when they found Vili in need of medical evaluation. While being taken for that evaluation, he became unresponsive and rescue efforts were immediately administered, according to the Sheriff’s department.
Paramedics were called and responded, taking over immediate medical care. While first responders provided lifesaving support, the male was transported to the hospital. Despite all efforts, he passed away despite attempts to save him.
“A Sheriff's Family Liaison Officer will support the family as they deal with the loss of a loved one,” a press release from the Sheriff’s office states.
The Citizen's Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) representative was notified of this incident. The Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause and manner of death.
As is the protocol for all in-custody deaths, the Sheriff's Homicide Unit responded and will conduct a thorough investigation. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner's Office.
Vili is the third person to die in custody in San Diego so far this year.
Brandon Andrew Yates, 24 was found unresponsive on January 16 and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. His cellmate has been charged with murder.
On January 6, Eric Wolf, 33, was found in medical distress inside his cell and was pronounced dead a half hour later.
The Medical Examiner will determine the manner and cause of death for each of these men.