An adult in custody at the Lincoln County Jail attempted suicide by strangling herself with a shirt. The female appeared to be in a mental health crisis and was in a booking cell with a camera under observation. A deputy on duty observed her attempt to strangle herself with her shirt. The deputy called for assistance, entered the cell, and removed the shirt from her neck. Medical and mental health staff took over from there.
The woman in custody was placed on suicide watch and transported to Pacific Communities Hospital in Newport for mental health crisis intervention. She was returned to the Lincoln County Jail several days later and will continue to receive the care from the jail medical team, a Pretrial Counselor, and a Jail Counselor.
Three days later an adult male in custody at the Lincoln County Jail attempted suicide by hanging himself in his jail cell. He used jail-issued clothing attached to his upper bunk.
A jail supervisor conducting a routine welfare check found the male unresponsive and limp. The supervisor asked for assistance and the responding deputy lifted the individual up as a second deputy cut through the clothing. Staff called for an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and for an ambulance to respond to the jail. The inmate was awake and responsive prior to paramedics arriving.
The adult in custody was transported by ambulance to Pacific Communities Hospital for medical and mental health care. He was discharged the next day and returned to the jail. While in custody he will continue to receive the care from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office staff, which includes the medical team, a pretrial counselor, and a jail counselor.
The observations and quick actions of jail staff responding quickly to both incidents contributed to a positive outcome.
All Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office staff receive First Aid, AED, CPR and Narcan (drug neutralizing) training from the two registered nurses who work in the jail.