OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – An inmate from the Oklahoma County Detention Center died in a jail cell early Thursday morning.

A detention officer was distributing breakfast to inmates around 5:50 a.m. when the inmate was found unconscious in a cell, according to Mark Opgrande, the prison’s communications director.

The officer called other staff and medical personnel into the cell.

Medical staff arrived at the cell at 5:53 a.m. and assessed the inmate. Oklahoma City Fire Department and EMSA officials arrived later and pronounced the inmate dead at 6:06 a.m., according to Opgrande.

“An initial investigation indicates that the detainee committed suicide. Immediate family have been notified and have requested that the name of the deceased not be made public,” Opgrande said.

The inmate did not report any mental health issues to prison staff during an initial medical examination, according to Opgrande.

The state medical examiner’s office will officially determine a cause of death.

“The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations has also been advised to assist if needed. The investigation is ongoing,” Opgrande said.


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