Detainee Dies At Oklahoma County Detention Center

News 9 - June 9, 2022 9:15 pm


The Oklahoma County Detention Center said one of its detainees was found dead in a cell Thursday.

Jail officials said a detention officer was passing out breakfast just before 6 a.m. when they found the detainee unresponsive.

The officer called for staff and medical personnel’s assistance.

Oklahoma City firefighters and EMSA pronounced the detainee dead at 6:06 a.m.

According to the jail’s initial investigation, the detainee died by suicide, but the state’s Medical Examiner will determine the detainee’s official cause of death.

The family of the detainee has been notified, but they would like the detainee’s identity to remain private.

Officials said the detainee did not indicate any mental health issues during a health screening at the jail.

It is our policy to provide resources for anybody considering self-harm when reporting about a situation involving suicide or a suicide attempt. 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a hotline for individuals in crisis or for those looking to help someone else. To speak with a certified listener, call 1-800-273-8255.

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