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Man identified after committing suicide at the El Paso County Jail

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- The El Paso County Sheriff's Office has identified an inmate at the county jail who committed suicide on July 3 as 47-year-old Shawn Meehan.

Around 2:19 p.m., paramedics responded to an emergency at the male housing ward at the El Paso County Jail.

Deputies say Meehan was found hanging inside his cell. Deputies brought him down and immediately performed CPR. Meehan was not breathing and had no pulse.

Officials also used an automated external defibrillator with the help of medical staff. However, Meehan was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Sheriff's Office says this is the fifth completed suicide at the El Paso County Jail since 2009.

"We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Meehan's family and friends," said Sgt. Deborah Mynatt.

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Zachary Aedo

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  1. “Officials also used an automated external defibrillator with the help of medical staff. However, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.”
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    I’ve never see a successful AED resuscitation of a person who died by hanging. Wrong mechanism of cardiac arrest. But I guess they had to try.

    1. So you think the corrections officers had anything to do with it? If this bothers you, I can’t imagine how the rate of Military/Veteran suicides affects you… 5 inmates in 11 years vs. 20 Service members per day…

      1. Warren, If one enlists, serves, and expects to see nothing that will harm their psyche, then it just adds to the stereotype that idiots that barely graduated high school are serving in the military. To answer your question, I don’t care, nor am I surprised.

      1. Actually, I don’t think abortion should be allowed if you just went out and got laid… There are plenty of other alternatives, BIRTH CONTROL is one. Adoption is another. There are circumstances where it is acceptable, RAPE, INCEST, Risk of LIFE to the mother. But NOT JUST BECAUSE YOU WANTED TO BE IRRESPONSIBLE.

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