Manatee inmate found hanging in jail cell

Posted by JASON BARTOLONE on May 3, 2014 

Shawn Griffith

— An inmate at Manatee County jail was found dead Friday in an apparent suicide.

Deputies discovered Shawn Griffith, 43, hanging from the fire sprinkler in his cell by his clothing when they were conducting an inmate check around 4:40 a.m., according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.

Deputies placed Griffith on the ground and started performing CPR. Nurses arrived and assisted until emergency medical personnel arrived. Griffith was then pronounced dead.

An investigation showed the death is "consistent with suicide," according to the report.

Griffith was in jail on burglary and arson charges.

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