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Inmate Found Hanging From Cell Door With Bed Sheet Around His Neck

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Officials say a prisoner was found dead in his cell at the Hillsborough County Jail.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, an inmate was observed on video entering his cell at 6:01 p.m. Wednesday. A detention deputy making rounds saw the inmate sitting on his bed 15 minutes later.

But when the deputy checked on the inmate at 6:58 p.m., he found him hanging from his cell door with a bed sheet tied to his neck. He was unresponsive.

CPR was performed and he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation continues.

The sheriff’s office says there were 66 other inmates in the pod at the time.

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