Beltrami County Jail inmate on life support after suicide attempt

A Beltrami County Jail inmate was transferred to a Fargo hospital after an apparent suicide attempt.

According to a release from Beltrami County Sheriff Ernie Beitel, the unnamed inmate was found unresponsive by staff around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Corrections officers and medical staff immediately rendered aid before transporting them to the Sanford Bemidji ER.

The patient was then transferred to a Fargo area medical facility.

The incident is under investigation by the Minnesota BCA at the request of Sheriff Beitel.

In a statement from the BCA, the male inmate is on life support.

The incident remains under investigation.


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