Ada County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate in the Ada County Jail.

The 40-year-old Garden City man was found unresponsive and not breathing in a cell just after 7pm Saturday. The inmate had been in custody since July 9 on a delivery of a controlled substance charge. He was being held on a $50,000 bond.

The man was housed alone in a cell. For safety and security, deputies check each inmate in the jail at least once every 30 minutes. Deputies saw this inmate awake and alert about 25 minutes prior to finding him unresponsive in his bed. Deputies called for medical help and immediately began CPR. Paramedics responded but were unable to revive the man.

An investigation is underway to determine what happened in the moments leading up to the man’s death. Information and evidence gathered so far indicates the man died from a self-inflicted injury. There is no evidence of foul play.

“Our thoughts are with family and friends of this man,” said Sheriff Steve Bartlett. “No one can know what’s going through a person’s mind when they choose to end their own life, but it’s something we take very seriously and work very hard to avoid in our facility.”

The name of the 40-year-old will be released by the coroner after his relatives have been notified.

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