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HCSO Investigates In-Custody Death


Hamilton County, TN - At the direction of the Hamilton County District Attorney, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation into the death of Alton Kenyatta Young, age 30.

Young was arrested on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at approximately 2:00 pm by the Chattanooga Police Department after being involved in a motor vehicle crash near the 7000 block of East Brainerd Road. Young was charged with the following offenses:

• Possession of a Controlled Substance

• Improper Backing

• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


Later Sunday evening at approximately 7:00 pm, HCSO Medical Staff called for ambulance transport because Young was showing signs of a drug overdose. Young was transported to a local hospital by HCEMS where he was admitted. On September 21, 2020, at approximately 9:30 pm., Alton Kenyatta Young was pronounced deceased. Young’s body was transported to the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office for examination.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division will also conduct an administrative review of the incident which is common practice with all in-custody deaths.

As this is an ongoing investigation, no further details are available at this time.

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