An inmate in the Floyd County Jail found hanging in his cell Tuesday, Jan. 18, was later pronounced dead at Floyd Medical Center, said Chief Deputy Tom Cald­well.

Caldwell identified the inmate, Darrell Gene Patterson, 32, of 2531 Shorter Ave. He was found by a jail employee, Caldwell said.

Caldwell said he did not know what Patterson had used to hang himself. He was taken to FMC, where he was pronounced dead at about 2:30 p.m.

Caldwell called Patterson’s death sad, but said jail officials are certain “his death occurred by his own hands.”

“The GBI and Floyd County Coroner Barry Henderson have been notified by Sheriff Tim Burkhalter and asked to conduct a full inquiry into the matter already,” Caldwell said.

Henderson said it is procedure after an inmate’s death to notify the GBI and to file a formal inquest. He said a GBI investigation will take three to four months to complete. 

Patterson had been booked into the jail Monday after being arrested and charged with burglary, possession of a firearm by convicted felon, obstruction or hindering law enforcement officers, possession of tools for the commission of a crime and parole violation, according to jail records. Patterson had three previous burglary convictions.

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