Tacoma immigration detainee OK after medical emergency

Staff writerMarch 25, 2014 

A man who fellow detainees said tried to kill himself Monday at Tacoma’s immigration detention center was in satisfactory condition at a hospital later in the day.

“This morning a detainee at the Northwest Detention Center suffered a medical emergency and was transported by ambulance to Tacoma General Hospital,” local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Andrew Munoz said in a statement. 

“The detainee was awake and responsive with normal vital signs when paramedics arrived. The nature of the incident is under review.”

Other detainees at the federal center on the Tideflats called The News Tribune to say the man had tried to hang himself. They identified the detainee, and a man by that name was listed in satisfactory condition Monday at Tacoma General Hospital.

The News Tribune generally does not identify people who attempt or succeed at suicide.


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