El Sobrante man’s death at Martinez jail under investigation

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Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the Martinez Detention Facility on Tuesday.

On Monday just after 5 p.m., inmate Ezekiel McCoy, 30, of El Sobrante, sustained injuries in a fight with other inmates at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

McCoy was transported to the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez for treatment at 6:30 p.m. About six hours later, he was brought to the Martinez Detention Facility after being cleared by medical staff.

“McCoy was placed in a negative air flow room at MDF pending the result of a COVID-19 test,” the sheriff’s office said. “He was checked on throughout the day and last checked at 4:23 p.m. About nine minutes later, deputies found McCoy unresponsive.”

Deputies and jail medical staff attempted life-saving measures and fire department personnel also responded to the scene immediately, as they were already at the jail on an unrelated incident, but McCoy was pronounced deceased at the scene, the sheriff’s office said. His death remains under investigation.

McCoy had originally been arrested and booked by Pinole police on July 28, on numerous charges that included attempted murder, child endangerment, burglary, having a concealed weapon in his car, domestic violence, making criminal threats, and probation violation. He was being held in lieu of $1,480,000 bail.

Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to contact the Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600 or through Sheriff’s Office dispatch at (925) 646-2441. For any tips, email: tips@so.cccounty.us or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.


  1. Karma. He deserved everything that happened to him because of what he did to others. Including his baby mama who he beat, didnt let have a phone, social media, or go anywhere with out him. Her elderly dad who he beat up who owned the house he lived in, and his own parents(both dads had restraining orders) and he had a easy good job because of his moms hard work to get him it.

    • Someone got some nerves to come online showing weakness! Anyways! About my business! Ezekiel (Ez) didn’t deserve any other this! Rest In Peace ❤️. Justice will be served! We all Miss you!

  2. Someone got some nerves to come online showing weakness! Anyways! About my business! Ezekiel (Ez) didn’t deserve any other this! Rest In Peace ❤️. Justice will be served! We all Miss you!

  3. He was not an animal. He was black man trying to defend his family from a white man that sent direct threats against McCoys family, which is the only reason he was there in the first place. He was also NEVER CONVICTED of all those charges but in this country you are guilty until proven innocent. It is not up to us as people who gets to live and who gets to die. This is police brutality at its finest. He did not deserve to die especially in the way he did. Those who will not be oppressed do not survive in Martinez Jail especially when they only employ pigs who only have hate in their hearts. Black Lives matter always.

    • Hes half black and not an animal which makes all of his violence towards women and old men, endangering kids safety. The police had his phone and all the texts bragging about being a real killer. And was guilty of parole violations, he wasnt allowed to be near those kids and breaking an entering a house? Having a concealed weapon.. Protecting his family is breaking into another persons house and attacking them while they are asleep? Listen stockholm syndrome there is no police brutality. The inmates killed him, the police tried to save him. His fate was sealed when he left his family to attack another. You dont know the amount of evidence they had. He probably killed himself tbh

    • He sustained his injuries in richmond, he had so many priors that you seem to be forgetting he was already going to do time. And remember he said he loved jail?


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