Inmate Identified in Suicide at the El Paso County Jail

July 9, 2020

On July 3, 2020, at approximately 12:19 PM, a medical emergency was declared in a male housing ward at the El Paso County Jail.   

A male inmate was found in his cell attempting suicide by hanging. Numerous deputies responded to the ward and assisted the inmate down. He was not breathing and had no pulse. Life saving efforts began immediately. The deputies initiated Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and used the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) with the assistance of responding medical staff. Despite lifesaving efforts, the male was pronounced deceased on scene.

The inmate has been identified as Shawn Meehan, age 47.

This is the fifth completed suicide at the El Paso County Jail since 2009. 

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Meehan's family and friends. 

MR 20-125