By Victor Milani

Macedonia – The apparent suicidal death of a 24-year-old Texas man in the Macedonia City Jail was likely the result of the inmate tying a sheet to a window bar and hanging himself on 8/9/2016.

The Macedonia incident report states Corrections Officer Leah Coffman was alerted by another inmate who hollered for someone get in here, he hung himself

Coffman contacted radio dispatch for a rescue squad, then along with Det. Brian Vince, went to the cell and found a sheet had been tied to a window bar and around the man’s neck.

Firefighters took him to the Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg emergency room, where a doctor pronounced him dead around 4:30 p.m., the report states.

While police believe the death is a suicide, Lt. Vince Yakopovich said the investigation remains open, and is currently pending a Summit County Medical ruling.

The man had been stopped for speeding on Interstate 271 around 2:20 a.m. Aug. 7. He was placed under arrest for not having a driver’s license. While searching his car, police found at least 24 pounds of marijuana worth at least $2

He was charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, a first-degree felony, and felony charges of hidden compartments and drug possession, as well as misdemeanor charges of speeding and driving without a license.

“There was no reason for him to be on suicide watch  … he was apparently a driver for a drug organization and he was out $25,000” he said. “The fire department tried to save him and they ended up transporting him, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.” Yakopovich stated.

This is a part of the official Macedonia Police narrative of the incident:

On 8/9/2016 at approximately 1550 hours I, Ptl. K. Horesh #412, responded to the Macedonia City Jail for an emergency call. Upon my arrival, CO Leah Coffman #458 was already on-scene, as well as Det. B. Vince #423. Captain Ripley of the Macedonia Fire Department was also on-scene prior to my arrival. Det. Vince and Captain Ripley were inside cell 144. The inmate in cell 144 was lying on the cot inside his cell. The inmates face and head appeared to be dark blue or purple in color. There was what appeared to be a bed sheet tied around the window bar that had been cut. It appeared that the other half of the bed sheet was still around his neck. Det. Vince and removed the bed sheet from around inmates neck and then with Captain Ripley’s help moved him onto the floor of the cell in order to start CPR. Det. Vince was doing CPR while Captain Ripley started the AED.  He was unresponsive, not breathing, and purple. A short time later the Macedonia rescue squad arrived and began working to revive him.. The prisoner was later transported to Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg where was pronounced dead by an ER doctor at approximately 1636 hours on 8/9/2016.

CO Coffman stated that victim was out in the dayroom from approximately 1405 hours to approximately 1505 hours. She stated that he showered and used the telephone. CO Coffman said that she checked the prisoners at approximately 1500 hours until approximately 1505 hours. She stated that deceased prisoner went into his cell at approximately 1505 hours.