Smith County Jail inmate in critical condition after attempted suicide

Published on Wednesday, 8 November 2017 19:12 - Written by LOUANNA CAMPBELL, lcampbell@tylerpaper.com

A Smith County inmate was in critical condition Wednesday after he attempted suicide in a jail cell.

Detention officers found the inmate about 1:25 p.m. and cut him from a ligature he used to hang himself, according to news release from the Smith County Sheriff's Office. 

The officers began CPR and called for an ambulance. Emergency Medical Services and the Tyler Fire Department responded and continued lifesaving efforts, according to the news release.

EMS took the inmate to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

The inmate was booked into the Smith County Jail on Nov. 2 and segregated from other inmates in a side cell because he was deemed a danger to others.

He also was placed on suicide watch because of the answers he gave to questions during his initial booking, according to the news release. 

Detention officers were required to check on the inmate every 10 minutes because of this, and he was checked nine minutes prior to officers finding him hanging in the cell, according to the sheriff's office. 

Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said the investigation would be turned over to the the Texas Commission on Jail Standards and the Texas Rangers.

 

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