DeKalb inmate dies from suicide hours after arrest

A DeKalb County jail inmate died of an apparent suicide just hours after he was arrested.
A DeKalb County jail inmate died of an apparent suicide just hours after he was arrested.

A DeKalb County jail inmate died of an apparent suicide just hours after he was arrested, officials said in a statement Monday afternoon.

Officers were performing security checks when they found the 26-year-old Stone Mountain man unresponsive inside his cell early Monday, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cynthia Williams said.

Emergency medical personnel performed life-saving efforts, but the inmate was pronounced dead at the scene, Williams said. The cause of death has not been released.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution does not identify people who died by suicide.

According to the sheriff’s office, the inmate was arrested Sunday on a probation violation charge issued in May out of Gwinnett County. He was facing charges of giving false information to law enforcement and no valid driver’s license and was scheduled to be extradited to the Gwinnett County jail.

The death is the second one in less than a week involving an inmate at a metro Atlanta jail.

RELATED: Cherokee County inmate dies hours after arrest

On Thursday, Brice Turner, 33, of Woodstock, died shortly after arriving at the Cherokee County jail, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

Turner was arrested Wednesday night on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and crossing guard lines with drugs, Cherokee County sheriff’s Sgt. Marianne Kelley said in a statement

Woodstock police, who made the arrest, took him to the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center about 11:15 p.m., according to the sheriff’s office. He was placed in a holding cell but required medical attention during the booking process, Kelley told.

Roughly two hours later, Turner had to be rushed to Northside Hospital-Cherokee after deputies and medical staff administered lifesaving efforts and “determined his health was declining,” Kelley said.

Turner was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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