East Bay Sheriff’s Office investigating apparent suicide at county jail

RICHMOND — The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Office are investigating an apparent suicide at a county jail facility this weekend, authorities said.

Around 6:15 p.m. Saturday, a sheriff’s deputy brought a mental-health clinician to an inmate cell at the West County detention facility, 5555 Giant Hwy., a sheriff’s spokesman said in a statement Sunday evening.

The deputy opened the cell door and found the inmate with a bed sheet wrapped around his neck, and jail medical staff and sheriff’s deputies offered medical care until the fire department and an ambulance came.

Despite their efforts, the inmate was pronounced dead at the scene, and identified Sunday as Gregory Lynds, 42, of Antioch.

According to law enforcement officials, Antioch police arrested Lynds and booked him into county jail Oct. 2 on suspicion of two felony counts of elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon, as well as counts of battery on a peace officer and parole violation.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s investigation division at 925-313-2600. e-mail tips@so.cccounty.us or call 866-846-3592 to leave an anonymous voicemail.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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