Sheriff’s Office investigates inmate’s death at Chatham County Detention Center

Pittsboro, NC – An inmate at the Chatham County Detention Center died early Sunday morning, June 4, 2023.

Chatham County Detention Center

Jaimarien Rayshaun Sellers, 19, was found unresponsive by his roommate shortly after midnight. Sellers had earlier been observed sleeping in his cell during a routine periodic check. 

After the roommate alerted detention officers that Sellers was unresponsive, officers immediately entered Sellers’ cell to administer CPR. Officers were unable to revive the inmate and contacted Emergency Medical Services.

Sellers had been in custody at the Chatham County Detention Center since April 28, 2023, on the following charges: robbery with a dangerous weapon, second degree kidnapping, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, assault by pointing a gun, injury to personal property, and hit and run leaving the scene. He was being held under a $500,000 bond and was awaiting pre-trial release.

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office is investigating and has requested the Medical Examiner conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of Sellers’ death. Because the death occurred while he was in the custody of the Chatham County Detention Center and no cause of death was immediately apparent, the Sheriff’s Office requested the State Bureau of Investigation also review the matter. 

“Our hearts are with Mr. Sellers’ family in their time of loss,” said Sheriff Mike Roberson, “and we are doing everything we can to determine his cause of death.”