Suicide at the El Paso County Jail

November 12, 2019

On Tuesday November 12, 2019, at approximately 1:42 AM, 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.  When additional deputies responded to the ward, the inmate was not breathing and had no pulse.  The deputies initiated cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and used the automated external defibrillator (AED) with the assistance of responding El Paso County Jail medical staff and American Medical Response personnel.

After approximately 30 minutes of resuscitation efforts which incorporated CPR and defibrillation, the male's vital signs failed to return, and he was pronounced dead.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional information will be released when it becomes available. 

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

MR 19-114