Smith County Sheriff identifies inmate who attempted suicide, on life support at local hospital

Published on Monday, 13 November 2017 18:35 - Written by LOUANNA CAMPBELL, lcampbell@tylerpaper.com

An inmate who attempted suicide in the Smith County Jail has been on life support in a local hospital since Wednesday.

Quincy Butler, 44, of New Orleans, was taken to a local hospital shortly after a detention officer found him hanging from a ligature inside his segregation cell about 1:25 p.m. Wednesday. 

Butler’s family was located and notified of Quincy's condition on Thursday, according to the sheriff's office. 

Butler was arrested Nov. 2 by the Tyler Police Department for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked into the Smith County Jail shortly after 11 p.m. 

Butler was segregated from other inmates 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.  

It is the jail's policy for detention officers to conduct checks every 10 minutes on inmates who are on suicide watch. 

The sheriff's office said Butler was checked nine minutes before he was found hanging in his cell.  

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