Suicidal Banks man kills self in jail
A Banks man who was an inmate at the Washington County Jail died early Monday, three days after he apparently attempted suicide by strangulation.
According to a report from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, a jail deputy found Ryan Freeman, 36, unresponsive in his cell at 6:55 p.m. on Friday, March 17. Jail medical staff, as well as other deputies, responded and immediately began lifesaving measures. Medical personnel arrived and transported Freeman to an area hospital.
On March 20, Freeman succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Freeman had been housed in a single cell in the jail's Medical Observation Unit. He was discovered by a jail deputy during regularly scheduled 15-minute checks of the inmates in that unit. Preliminary investigation shows Freeman intentionally took his own life by tying an item around his neck.
Freeman entered the Washington County Jail on Jan. 16. A Grand Jury indicted him on charges including Assault, Harassment, Sexual Abuse, Unlawful Sexual Penetration and Attempted Rape.
The jail has an extensive suicide prevention and assessment program, which begins before a person is lodged into the jail and continues throughout their stay.
WCSO Detectives are conducting a thorough investigation, which is standard procedure.
Freeman's family has been notified.