Inmate attempts suicide in county jail

Officials are tight-lipped about an incident at the Surry County Detention Center Thursday, when an inmate apparently tried to take his own life.

Sheriff Jimmy D. Combs revealed the suicide attempt late Friday, but would release few details.

“Surry County Detention officers found a 30-year-old male unresponsive in a cell,” the sheriff said in a written statement. “Detention officers began life-saving measures, and Surry County Emergency Medical Services transported the male to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.”

The sheriff would not indicate what led authorities to believe the inmate had attempted to take his own life, nor would he give any information on how the man tried to kill himself.

Combs said his office, in concert with District Attorney C. Ricky Bowman, asked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to come in and lead the probe into the incident, an action he said “is standard procedures in this type of case.”

Neither the sheriff nor the SBI will release the inmate’s name or condition.