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2 apparent jail suicides investigated in Washoe County

April 15, 2019

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Washoe County sheriff’s office is investigating two apparent suicides that occurred at the county jail in Reno on the same day last week.

The sheriff’s office says both of the victims were males but they’ve released few other details.

The sheriff says deputies and medical staff at the jail first responded to a medical emergency involving a male inmate at about 11:30 a.m. Friday.

They began to administer life-saving measures but he was declared dead at 11:46 a.m.

About nine hours later, they responded to a report of a non-responsive inmate on the floor of a cell. He was declared dead at 8:56 p.m.

The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct autopsies to determine their official cause of death.