Fil-Am sheriff’s deputy charged in death of inmate

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A Filipino American deputy has been arrested Thursday in the death of an inmate at the county jail in San Jose, Calif.

Jereh Lubrin, along with Rafael Rodriguez, and Matthew Farris were arrested on suspicion of murder, conspiracy and assault.

The arrests follow the Aug. 27 death of 31-year-old Michael Tyree at the Santa Clara county main jail. He was serving a five-day sentence for a petty theft misdemeanor and had served an identical sentence last April.

The Tyree was found unresponsive last week during a routine welfare check.

The sheriff’s office has not released details on the circumstances surrounding the death.

“Later that same Thursday, Aug. 27th, after viewing video evidence, interviews, examinations of other evidence, investigators began to believe that the circumstances surrounding Mr. Tyree’s death was suspicious, and that he may not have died from natural causes,” Sheriff Laurie Smith explained. “Rather, they believe he may have died as a result of foul play and that correction Deputies Lubrin, Farris and Rodriguez may have been involved.”

Lubrin turned himself in at the sheriff’s office after sheriff’s investigators showed up at his parent’s East San Jose home Saturday morning.


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