Clark County Jail suicide victim ID’d as Battle Ground man

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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The Clark County Jail inmate who died over the weekend was identified as a Battle Ground man.

Dustin M. Graves, 23, died of asphyxia due to hanging, which was ruled a suicide, according to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Corrections deputies with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said they found Graves alone in his cell unconscious and unresponsive at 5:42 p.m. Friday.

Deputies, fire and medical personnel administered CPR and emergency medical aid, all of which were unsuccessful, the sheriff’s office said. Graves was pronounced dead at 6:09 p.m., officials said.

Graves was in jail pending trial on charges of second-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and reckless endangerment, all of which were related to domestic violence accusations.

Graves was housed in jail’s the E pod, which Jail Chief Ric Bishop said has undergone some suicide mitigation work.

The death is under investigation by the Clark County Major Crimes Unit, and Bishop said that the incident will be reviewed after the investigation is complete.