Inmate Tony Purnell dies after jail fight

Tony Purnell / Photo from Cook County Sheriff's office

Tony Purnell / Photo from Cook County Sheriff’s office

A Cook County Jail inmate has died a month after he was injured during a fight with another inmate.

Tony Purnell, 42, was hurt in the June 23 fight at Cook County Jail at 2600 S. California Ave., said Sophia Ansari, a spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff’s office.

Purnell died at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County at 12:47 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

An autopsy found Purnell died of complications from craniocerebral injuries from an assault and the death was ruled a homicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

Purnell had been in the jail since January on a disorderly conduct charge, which was dropped in June, according to the sheriff’s office. He was also charged with civil contempt in February.

Ansari said an investigation into the fight was ongoing, and no charges had been filed as of Wednesday afternoon.

— Sun-Times Media Wire

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