Richland County Sheriff's Cruiser

MANSFIELD -- An inmate from the Richland County Jail was transported to the OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital after an incident late Thursday night, according to Richland County Sheriff's Office.

The inmate, whose name was not released, forced his way out of the cell and into the booking area. He “became unresponsive” as corrections officers attempted to restrain him, authorities stated. 

At approximately 11:57 p.m. Sept. 19, officers reportedly found the inmate standing on a half-wall within the cell in what appeared to be an attempt to kill himself. The inmate was described as “suicidal.” 

The Sheriff's Office stated that corrections officers had attempted to intervene with intentions to place the inmate in a restraint chair for his safety, but as they opened the cell door, the inmate “jumped off of the wall and was able to force his way out of the cell.”  In the process of restraining the inmate, he became unresponsive.

Captain James Sweat declined to provide further details about the scenario, saying the office could not release any further information at this time. 

The press release indicates officers “immediately initiated” life-saving measures and summoned emergency medical services to the Jail. The Mansfield Fire Department arrived and transported the inmate to OhioHealth Mansfield Emergency Department for treatment.

Sweat did confirm that the inmate is alive. 

This event remains under review.

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