Gwinnett sheriff’s deputy stops inmate from committing suicide

A Gwinnett County sheriff’s deputy prevented a jail inmate from committing suicide, the sheriff’s office said.

Sgt. Kelvin Barber was on duty at the Gwinnett County Detention Center this week when he saw an inmate run past him, attempting to get upstairs. The inmate intended to jump to his death, the sheriff’s office said.

Barber grabbed the inmate by his clothes to restrain him and prevent him from running upstairs. The inmate attempted to hit Barber and free himself from the officer's grip, but Barber held on until he could get the inmate to medical care. 
"Every inmate in our jail is someone's loved one and we're very thankful that Sgt. Barber spared a family from receiving news of a dreadful, life changing tragedy," said sheriff's office spokeswoman Shannon Volkadov in a Facebook post.

The inmate is now receiving “the appropriate medical assistance,” Volkadov said. Further information about the inmate cannot be released due to health privacy laws.

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