Houston & Peach

Houston County inmate stable after attempted suicide

WARNER ROBINS -- A Bonaire man is in stable condition after attempting to hang himself in a holding cell Monday.

Houston County sheriff's Maj. Alan Everidge, who oversees jail operations, said the incident happened at the sheriff's office in Warner Robins.

Richard Ross, 63, of Bonaire, had been brought in at about 10:30 a.m. on a domestic violence charge. About an hour later a detention deputy was preparing to take him to the county jail in Perry when he was discovered trying to hang himself.

Everidge said Ross had been restrained with handcuffs and a chain that attaches around his stomach. He somehow managed to work the chain up and around a jail bar to hang himself.

Everidge said he thought Ross would have succeeded had the deputy not found him. Ross was taken down and driven to Houston Medical Center. He is in stable condition and is expected to recover, Everidge said.

Everidge said there is no indication that jailers did anything wrong. However, he said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into the incident, and a review will be done to determine if any procedures need to be changed.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.