NORTH BEND — A Shutter Creek Correctional Institution inmate died of apparent natural causes Saturday at Shutter Creek Correctional Institution (SCCI) in North Bend, according to an Oregon Department of Corrections press release.

As with all unanticipated deaths of state prison inmates, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation.

At  4:52 p.m. on Saturday, Gary Lee Brink, 69, collapsed and was unresponsive, the release said. Medical staff immediately began lifesaving efforts to no avail. He was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased at 6:18 p.m.

Brink, from Bandon, entered DOC custody on March 11, 2014, on numerous counts of criminal mistreatment in the first degree, two counts of theft in the first degree, and one count of aggravated theft in the first degree all out of Coos County. Brink was former director of Ocean Crest Assisted Living, a Coos Bay senior living facility, and was sentenced to almost a decade in prison after being found guilty of stealing from the residents under his care. His earliest release was Aug. 29, 2020.

Next of kin has been notified. No other details are available at this time.

SCCI is a minimum-security prison in North Bend that houses approximately 286 male inmates who are within four years of release. SCCI serves as a transition and re-entry facility and is focused on cognitive programming, work programs, and preparing inmates for return to the community. Inmates work on the institution site in the physical plant, kitchen and dining hall, warehouse, receiving and discharge, laundry, and prison grounds. Inmates also work on outside crews, primarily with the Department of Forestry, providing services throughout the year as trained wildland firefighters. Originally an Air National Guard radar station, the facility was converted into a prison in 1990.

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