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El Paso County Sheriff's Office investigating jail suicide

Posted at 6:41 AM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 09:14:51-05

EL PASO COUNTY — An investigation is underway after an inmate committed suicide at the El Paso County Jail.

A medical emergency was declared at 1:42 Tuesday morning as the inmate was found hanging in his cell.

Jail staff gave the man CPR and used a defibrillator to try to bring him back. According to the sheriff's office, life-saving efforts lasted 30 minutes before the man was pronounced dead.

This is only the second suicide at the El Paso County Jail in the last 10 years, according to a release.

The name of the inmate will not be released until notification of the next of kin and when the name is released by the coroner's office.