SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - 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.