For Immediate Release
PR #:1900003
Date Issued:Jan 10, 2019 - 3:34pm

Sheriff's Office investigating apparent suicide by detention facility inmate

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

Washoe County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating an apparent inmate suicide that occurred earlier today in the Washoe County Detention Facility.

At 10:53 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2018, detention facility deputies were notified of a possible medical emergency inside one of the cells. When deputies arrived at the cell they located a non-responsive adult male inmate on the floor. Deputies immediately began life-saving measures until medical staff arrived. REMSA and the Reno Fire Department were also notified and responded. The inmate was declared deceased by medical staff at 11:25 a.m.

The inmate was alone in his cell at the time of the incident.

The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct the formal death investigation. The name of the inmate will be released once the Medical Examiner has confirmed his identification and the family has been notified.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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