From The Tribune staff reports
COLUMBIANA — The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes Task Force is investigating the death of an inmate.
Rhine had been arrested around 1 p.m. by the Montevallo Police Department, for failure to appear. He was taken to the hospital around 6 p.m., where he was pronounced dead.
The Shelby County Major Crimes Task Force is comprised of law enforcement officers from different agencies throughout Shelby County. The Sheriff, the District Attorney, and the County Coroner have requested an autopsy of Rhine, and these results are pending.
Captain Russell Bedsole, Commander of the Shelby County Jail Division, met with Mr. Rhine’s family following the tragic loss and Sheriff John Samaniego stated, “Any loss of life, regardless of the circumstances, is tragic and felt throughout our community.”
If you have any questions about this ongoing investigation, you may contact Sgt. Jordan with the Shelby County Major Crimes Task Force at 205-620-6440.