Federal inmate dies by suicide in custody at Wake County jail

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A federal inmate at the Wake County Detention Center died Wednesday night, Sheriff Gerald Baker said.

The inmate, who was not identified, died by suicide at about 7 p.m. Wednesday. Baker said the inmate used a bedsheet to hang himself.

Baker said there were no indicators that the inmate was suicidal or experiencing a mental health crisis.

During the media briefing, Baker expressed his disagreement with a statewide mandate that jails must provide inmates with a sheet.

“This can no longer be tolerated,” Baker said.” This agency will continue to work with local and state officials to find alternatives that will prevent future suicide attempts from occurring, while (making) sure that inmates have safe, adequate bedding.”

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