Authorities investigating death of Roanoke inmate


ROANOKE – The Roanoke City Sheriff’s Office and the Roanoke City Police Department are investigating the death of an inmate. 

The Sheriff's Office said it happened Friday at about 1:57 a.m. when inmates told deputies that Phillip Justin Meadows was having difficulty breathing. 

The Sheriff's Office said deputies responded and found Meadows unresponsive. 

Deputies started CPR and called jail medical staff and 911. Staff responded to the cell and administered CPR and an AED. EMS then responded and attempted to revive him but were unsuccessful. 

Meadows was pronounced dead at 2:33 a.m. 

His body was taken to the Medical Examiner’s office in Roanoke to determine the cause of death. 

The incident remains under investigation.

Meadows was processed into the Roanoke City Jail on Sept. 6, 2016.

The sheriff's office said he was serving four years and seven months on charges out of Alleghany and Bath Counties including eluding, two driving license revoked, possession of schedule I or II drugs, reckless driving, two felony probation violations, and two unauthorized delivery of articles to prisoners.