Inmate commits suicide in Benton County jail

Inmate commits suicide in Benton County jail
BENTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S MEDIA RELEASE -

DATE: August 1, 2014

TYPE OF INCIDENT: In custody death

LOCATION OF INCIDENT: Benton County Jail

DATE / TIME OF INCIDENT: August 30, 2014


NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT: While conducting hourly inmate welfare checks, Correction Officers located 26 year old Stephen L. Morgan, unconscious with a bed sheet tied around his neck. Medics were immediately dispatched while Correction Officers and jail nurses provided medical assistance. Morgan was then transported to Trios Medical Center where he died approximately six hours later.

Morgan was booked into the Benton County Jail on August 27th by Kennewick Police Department on local charges. Morgan did not disclose any history of depression or mental illness on his questioner at the time of booking. Morgan was being houses in a single occupant cell at the time he was found.

Tri-City Special Investigations Unit was called out to investigate.