Sheriff: Investigation underway into jail incident

Police said a 33-year-old woman attempted suicide in her jail cell Tuesday night, according to dispatch records.

Sheriff: Investigation underway into jail incident

Local police are investigating an incident at the Kitsap County jail Tuesday night that left a 33-year-old female inmate unresponsive.

The inmate was taken to Harrison Medical Center by ambulance after CPR was applied at the jail around 11:20 p.m., according to dispatch records. Her condition was not clear Thursday afternoon.

Police did not release her name, but said she is a Bremerton resident who was in custody on a felony charge.

First responders were summoned to the Port Orchard facility for a suicide attempt, dispatch records show. CPR was in progress at the time, dispatchers said.

“Medics from South Kitsap Fire and Rescue responded and tended to the inmate for several minutes before transporting her to Harrison Memorial Hospital where she remains,” a KCSO press release, sent Wednesday afternoon, states.

The press release, emailed by a KCSO spokesperson at 3:37 p.m., said the woman “was discovered in her cell” by corrections officers around 11:20 p.m.

The incident is currently under investigation, the sheriff’s office said. The Port Orchard Police Department will lead the inquiry with assistance from the Kitsap County Incident Response Team, a consortium of regional police officers.

The Port Orchard Police Department did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

In 2013, a Bremerton woman died from heroin withdrawal symptoms she suffered while booked at the Kitsap County jail. Three years later the family of 34-year-old Christina Boshears filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court, alleging jail officials and ConMed, a medical services contractor, violated her civil rights.

The case was dismissed on August 16 by Judge Ronald B. Leighton of the Western District of Washington.

Gabe Stutman is a reporter with the Kitsap News Group. Contact him at gstutman@centralkitsapreporter.com.

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