The Callaway County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the death of an inmate at the Callaway County Jail.
Jail staff responded to a medical emergency Friday and pronounced 43-year-old Michael Rogers, of Mexico, deceased. Sheriff Clay Chism said the investigation is ongoing, and no foul play is suspected.
Rogers led the CCSO on a lengthy pursuit Aug. 3 after he was stopped for suspicious activity in Auxvasse. CCSO deputies deployed tire deflation devices, and Rogers was arrested for driving while intoxicated, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, resisting arrest and violating an order of protection.
Rogers had plead not guilty to these charges and was denied bond reduction at his hearing at the Callaway Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Friday. According to a court docket sheet, the court believed Rogers' bond status would assure he would appear at future court dates, and he and/or the community would be safe.
The jail's medical staff responded to Rogers' medical emergency at 12:18 p.m. Chism said the medical examiner's office will not release a final cause of death until the investigation is complete.
"The Boone-Callaway County Medical Office is assisting with the investigation. Given Callaway County does not operate under a coroner system and instead contracts with a professional medical examiner's office, the medical examiner's office's forensic investigators also conduct an investigation," Chism said.
Rogers' attorney, Mike Hamilton, of Columbia, confirmed his death but was unable to comment on anything else regarding the situation.