BUFFALO, NY ( release ) Erie County Sheriff's Jail Management personnel successfully prevented a suicide by a 26 year old male inmate inside the Holding Center.
The inmate was subsequently transported to a local hospital for medical care. The Sheriff's Office Police Services and Professional Standards Divisions immediately commenced an investigation. The investigation is still on-going at this time.
Sheriff's Office investigators conducted a post-incident canvass on the housing unit. They were told by another inmate that the twenty-six year old male confided to him that he was very upset because his family failed to show up in court earlier in the day and he felt they had abandoned him. Unfortunately, the inmate never reported this to any of the Sheriff's staff prior to the incident.
The inmate's family did contact the Sheriff's Office threatening to call the media and retain an attorney regarding the timeliness of their notification. The Sheriff's Office release went on to note they take this complaint very seriously and they are investigating the allegations that have been reported to determine if any policies or procedures have been violated.
The Erie County Sheriff's Office is limited on the disclosure of any additional information about this incident because of HIPAA privacy regulations and other rules dealing with the confidentiality and security of a patient's health and mental health treatment.