Incarcerated man dies by suicide in Pima County Jail

Pima County

A man incarcerated at the Pima County Adult Detention Complex committed suicide Tuesday night, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Office.

At around 7.50pm on November 15, corrections officers were making rounds when they located a man in his cell, whom police identified as 50-year-old Hugh Gillespie Burford.

Authorities said officers entered the cell and immediately began emergency rescue procedures with medical personnel until Tucson firefighters arrived.

Medical personnel pronounced Burford dead after attempting to resuscitate him, the sheriff’s department said.

Burford was incarcerated in the Pima County Jail on Nov. 11 for trafficking in stolen property and possession of a controlled substance, according to the sheriff’s department.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the jail and found no signs of trauma or suspicious circumstances, officials said. The investigation is still ongoing.

The number of attempted suicides in Arizona prisons for fiscal year 2020 was 91, down 81 from the previous year, according to data from the Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation. arizona. The number of suicide deaths among incarcerated people also fell by one this fiscal year, to a total of six, the data showed.

Additionally, Native Americans were disproportionately affected by suicide in general with a rate in 2018 that was 3.5 times higher than those in racial and ethnic groups with the lowest rates.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Incarcerated man dies by suicide in Pima County Jail

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