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Smith County Jail inmate 'very critical' after found hanging in cell

By Jimmy Daniell Isaac
Nov. 8, 2017 at 5:32 p.m.
Updated Nov. 8, 2017 at 6:03 p.m.


A Smith County Jail inmate who was on suicide watch is in "very critical" condition after being found hanging inside a side cell, the sheriff announced Wednesday evening.

At about 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, a detention officer noticed the inmate hanging from a ligature in the cell, according to Smith County Sheriff Larry R. Smith. Medical and other personnel responded, and the inmate was cut down immediately, Smith said. CPR was initiated and he was taken to a local hospital where he is listed in "very critical" conditional.

The inmate’s identity hasn’t been released, but jail authorities say he had been in the Smith County Jail since Nov. 2 and attended a court hearing earlier Wednesday.

“The inmate was segregated in a side cell due to his being a danger to other inmates,” Smith said in a prepared statement. “The inmate was also on suicide watch due to answers recorded during his initial booking which indicated he was a suicide risk. He was on a required ten minute observation and had been checked nine minutes prior to being observed hanging.”

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards and Texas Rangers have been notified, the sheriff added.

Full statement from Smith County Sheriff’s Office:

“On November 8, 2017, at approximately 1:25 pm, a Smith County Inmate was located by a Detention Officer inside a side cell hanging from a ligature. A Code Blue (medical emergency) was called notifying medical and additional personnel to the area of the jail where the incident occurred. A side cell is a cell designed to house a single inmate. The inmate was cut down from the ligature immediately and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation CPR was initiated. Emergency Medical Services and the Tyler Fire Department responded and continued lifesaving efforts. The inmate was transported by EMS to a local hospital where he is listed in very critical condition.

“The inmate has been in the Smith County Jail since November 2, 2017 and had been in court today. The inmate was segregated in a side cell due to his being a danger to other inmates. The inmate was also on suicide watch due to answers recorded during his initial booking which indicated he was a suicide risk. He was on a required ten minute observation and had been checked nine minutes prior to being observed hanging.

“The Texas Commission on Jail Standards and Texas Rangers have been notified which is standard protocol for the Smith County Jail.

“For more information on the Smith County Sheriff’s Office visit www.smithcountysheriff.com. The Sheriff’s Office also has a FB page and can be followed on Twitter at @SmithCSO.”

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