Tacoma man dies in Pierce County Jail

A 47-year-old man died by suicide Tuesday in the Pierce County Jail, authorities said Wednesday.

A corrections deputy found the Tacoma resident unresponsive in his cell about 3:15 p.m.

The man had hanged himself with a strip of bed sheet, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Corrections deputies and medical staff members performed CPR until firefighters arrived and took over, but the man died, Troyer said.

The man was booked into the jail in October and was awaiting trial on burglary, assault and drug charges, among others.

His mental health had been an issue in the case, records show, and he had received treatment at Western State Hospital to help restore his competency to stand trial.

In an April report to the court, Western State officials wrote that while the man had experienced “recent thoughts regarding harming himself at WSH and reported an attempt to commit suicide by suffocation in the jail, he stated he does not currently have any thoughts, plans or intentions to harm himself or others.”

The report concluded that the man was competent to move forward in court, and, on May 13, Superior Court Judge Helen Whitener found the man competent, records show.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644, @TNTAdam