UPDATE: Inmate expected to make full recovery after suicide attempt

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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Updated: October 11, 2012, 9:29 PM

 
Clark County Jail

An inmate who reportedly attempted to commit suicide at the Clark County Jail on Thursday morning is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

The Vancouver Fire Department and American Medical Response were called to the jail for a reported hanging at 9:53 a.m., according to emergency dispatch logs.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Shane Gardner said a custody officer saw a man who was allegedly trying to hang himself from the second story handrail of a pod with a sheet. He asked for officers to respond and “thwarted” the suicide attempt, Gardner said.

The 27-year-old man’s name is not being released at this time. He was booked into jail in early September on a local warrant, Gardner said.

An investigation is ongoing.

Suicide attempts at the jail have more than doubled since 2007, according to a June report by Auditor Greg Kimsey.