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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  
January 15, 2018
Media Contact: Deanna LeBlanc
(757) 589-5692
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In-Custody Death


NORFOLK, VA — On Monday, January 14th at 11:55pm an NSO deputy came upon an inmate who appeared to be standing in his cell. Upon closer examination, the deputy noticed the inmate was non-responsive and his body was suspended just off the ground. The deputy immediately called for backup and deputies began performing life saving measures until medical staff arrived and took over. EMS was also called. Upon arrival, EMS pronounced the inmate deceased. 

A mental health counselor was made available to inmates immediately following the incident. Additionally, our NSO chaplain is available for any staff members who responded. 

The inmate has been identified as Daizhaun Danico Johnson, 18. 

The safety and security of those in our custody is always our top concern. Per protocol, NSO will conduct an internal review of this incident, and the Norfolk Police Department will handle the incident as an undetermined death investigation. 

Johnson was booked into Norfolk City Jail on 9/24/18 on charges of Failure to Appear and Auto Theft. He did not have a bond. His booking photo is attached. 

While at this initial stage of the investigation no foul play is suspected, official cause and manner of death will be determined by the medical examiner. Questions regarding the investigation should be directed to the Norfolk Police Department. 

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The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is a values driven organization committed to 
public safety, public service, and public trust.

NORFOLK, VA— The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about a new jury duty scam.

On Tuesday, January 8th two local residents received phone calls from someone impersonating a deputy. In one instance, the caller told a citizen they must pay an $800 fine for failure to show up to jury duty.

The caller warned the citizen that if they did not pay, they would be arrested. The caller requested the victim to pay via gift cards and demanded the victim stay on the phone as she purchased the cards.

This is a scam.

The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office will NEVER call a citizen for failure to report to jury duty. NSO deputies will NEVER ask for money over the phone. Jury duty notices are handled via mail or in a hand delivered summons.

If you receive a call similar to this, please notify the Norfolk Police Department Economic Crimes unit at (757) 664-7018

otoole promotionNorfolk, Va. - The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce an important promotion. Lt. Col Michael O’Toole has promoted to the rank of Colonel. Col. O’Toole will now also assume the role of Chief Deputy.

Col. O’Toole, who ranks second in tenure, has served the NSO with distinction for nearly 33 years. Col. O’Toole has been instrumental in many corrections reforms over the years including the establishment of the Norfolk Drug Court twenty years ago, establishing the first GPS monitoring program for inmates in the Commonwealth, and implementing the first evidence-based reentry programs which have become models for jails acrossVirginia. More recently, Col. O’Toole helped establish the first vocational program state-wide for inmates in partnership with Priority Automotive.

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