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Found Dead in His Cell: Man Arrested On Disorderly Conduct, Pepper Sprayed

McCOMB, Miss.–Just why John Wayne Gill, 39, was dead when his family went to bail him out of the Pike County Jail Saturday morning, may be discovered today when the State Crime Lab performs an autopsy and toxicology tests.

Gill was arrested on disorderly conduct charges and fought with officers when he was arrested early Saturday, about 1 o’clock, reported the Enterprise-Journal, the paper in McComb. Gill may have been pepper-sprayed before he was put in his cell.

Sheriff Mark Shepherd said when his family came to bail him out about 10 Saturday morning, Gill was slumped over.

Coroner Percy Pittman was called and Gill was pronounced dead about 11:20.

Now Gill’s family is looking for answers, which were not immediately obvious.

Toxicology tests normally take longer than autopsy results.

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