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Inmate commits suicide in county's downtown Seattle jail

A 29-year-old male inmate committed suicide Wednesday morning in the King County Jail in downtown Seattle.

The inmate was found at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday by corrections officers during a routine security check, according to Commander William Hayes with the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention.

Staff called for medical assistance immediately, initiating life saving measures, according to Hayes. Jail medical staff assisted in life-saving measures until Medic One arrived at 12:08 a.m.; the inmate was pronounced dead at 12:34 a.m. Thursday.

The inmate was booked into the county jail July 24 for investigation of assault.

The King County Medical Examiner’s office has determined the man committed suicide by asphyxiation. State law requires that the King County Medical Examiner conduct an autopsy on all in-custody deaths.

As part of the standard review process for jail-related deaths, the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention will work with Public Health - Seattle and King County to conduct an internal investigation.  The Seattle Police Department will also conduct an independent investigation.

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