Inmate commits suicide in Brown County Jail

NEW ULM – An inmate in the Brown County Jail died in the jail Friday night, an apparent victim of suicide.

Jarrod Paul Scott, 23, of Glencoe died of apparent asphyxiation in his cell Friday night.

According to a statement from the Brown County Sheriff’s office, jail staff were alerted to Scott’s attempt by another inmate at 7:28 p.m. Officers found Scott unresponsive in his cell, the victim of asphyxiation. Attempts to resuscitate Scott were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at 7:58 p.m.

Chief Deputy Jason Seidl said Scott had not presented any signs of being suicidal and was not under any kind of observation at the time.

Scott used material from inside the jail to asphyxiate himself, Seidl said, but details of the incident are being withheld pending an investigation.

This is the second suicide attempt in the Brown County Jail this month. On Nov. 7 Miguel Vasquez, on trial for the murder of Amber Lechuga, attempt suicide by biting his wrists.

Seidl said suicide attempts among inmates occur every year at the jail, but usually all are prevented. Scott’s is the first to occur in the Brown County Jail since 1994.

Scott was incarcerated in Brown County on Oct. 27 on charges from Oct. 25 for the theft of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, fleeing a peace officer, DWI, careless driving, fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle and driving after revocation. A conditional bail had been set at $25,000.

Scott was also being held on a Sibley County warrant for felony theft, a Meeker County warrant for DWI and a Hennepin County warrant for theft.

Scott’s death will be investigated by the Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office. The Minnesota Department of Corrections has been notified of the incident. Scott’s body is scheduled to be autopsied by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office on Sunday. The report will be available next week.

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