Detectives conducting investigation into in-custody death

On Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at approximately 12:00 p.m., deputies assigned to West Valley Detention Center were escorting a facility nurse to check on inmates. During this time, they found inmate Brian Alberts deceased in his cell. Deputies, on-site medical staff and responding paramedics attempted life-saving efforts, however they were unsuccessful. Alberts was pronounced deceased.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigations Division responded to the facility and assumed the investigation. 

Alberts had been in Sheriff’s custody since August 30, 2021. Alberts was housed alone in his cell at the time of his death.

The Riverside County Coroner will conduct the autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact Detective Gerania Navarro, Specialized Investigations Division at (909) 387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at 800-78CRIME or

Refer: Detective Gerania Navarro or Sergeant Justin Giles

Station: Specialized Investigations Division

Phone No. (909) 387-3589

Case No.   DR#602100174      H#2021-110

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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