Man incarcerated at Pima County Adult Detention Complex in Tucson dies

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A man incarcerated at Pima County Adult Detention Complex in Tucson died Tuesday night, one day after arriving.

At around 8 p.m., deputies responded to reports of an in-custody death at the facility, according to a statement from the Pima County Sheriff's Department. The man was identified as Wade Welch, 37.

Welch was booked into the complex on Monday on suspicion of domestic violence, disorderly conduct and domestic violence threats and intimidation, the statement said.

The case is being investigated by the Pima Regional Critical Incident Team and the Tucson Police Department will lead the investigation, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Across the state, The Republic found that someone dies during an arrest or in a county jail at least once a month. Advocates and criminal-justice experts say discrepancies in reporting and investigating make it difficult to know how widespread this issue is or to address underlying causes.

Go Deeper: Some high profile, most barely acknowledged: People are dying in custody in Arizona

The Republic found at least 64 cases in which a person died in a county jail or during an arrest between Jan. 1, 2017 and Aug. 4, 2020. Based on this data, that means that, on average, it happens every 21 days.

Reach criminal justice reporter Gloria Rebecca Gomez at grgomez@gannett.com or on Twitter @glorihuh.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Wade Welch dies in custody at Tucson's adult detention center