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Jeffco inmate apparently commits suicide

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By AJ Vicens

A man being held on a misdemeanor traffic warrant was found dead in the Jefferson County Jail on June 12 about three hours after his arrest.

A deputy discovered the 47-year-old man hanging in a holding cell, according to a statement released June 12 by the sheriff's office. Deputies immediately began performing CPR and called for additional medical assistance. The man was taken to St. Anthony Central Hospital, and he was pronounced dead at 7:22 a.m.

The Jefferson County coroner's office was withholding the man's name until his family could be notified.

The sheriff's office is investigating the death but said "all indications are that the male died of an apparent suicide."

Jim Shires, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said he didn't know if the man was alone at the time of his death or whether he was under the influence of any drugs or alcohol.

He also didn’t speculate on why a man being held on a relatively low-level charge would take his own life.

"There could have been other things going on," Shires said. "You never know what causes somebody to take that unfortunate step."

Contact AJ Vicens at aj@evergreenco.com, and check www.columbinecourier.com for updates and breaking news.