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Robbery suspect brain-dead after attempted LAPD jail suicide

December 6, 2011 | 12:10 pm

A robbery suspect was declared brain-dead Tuesday morning after Los Angeles police said they discovered him hanging by a cord in his downtown jail cell.

The name of the suspect was not released.  Officials said the inmate was found unresponsive during a cell check. A source familiar with the incident said the inmate used a phone cord, but it was not immediately clear how he was able to get it into his cell at the downtown Metropolitan Detention Center.

The inmate was taken to a hospital in full cardiac arrest but was later resuscitated. LAPD officials said he is brain-dead but remains on life support.

LAPD officials could not immediately detail the exact nature of the crime the man committed before being brought to to jail. An investigation into the incident is underway.


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