The man who allegedly committed suicide at the Walker County Jail Saturday night was said to be highly intoxicated and had to be restrained.

Charles Lee Cochran, who was arrested Friday night for disorderly conduct, allegedly hanged himself in the Walker County jail.

According to Sheriff Steve Wilson, the Rossville man was arrested by the Rossville Police Department Friday night on a charge of disorderly conduct and lodged in the Walker County Detention Center.

He was found in his cell, hanging by his T-shirt, at 2:20 a.m. Saturday.

Detention officers and EMTs immediately began life-saving procedures on the inmate, 36-year-old Charles Lee Cochran. Efforts to resuscitate Cochran were unsuccessful and he was declared deceased by medical personnel.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death, and the body has been transported to the GBI crime lab in Decatur for an autopsy.

Rossville Police Department detective Dave Scroggins said that Cochran was arrested following a domestic dispute with his neighbor. Cochran was being disorderly, arguing and using profanity, in public, against his neighbor, Scroggins said.

According to Walker County sheriff’s deputy Dewayne Steele, Cochran was brought into the Walker Jail at around 9 p.m. Friday night along with a 22-year-old white female who was also arrested that night where the incident occurred on Henderson Avenue in Rossville.

Steele said that Cochran was behaving erratically and was being “a problem” while Ross-ville officers were handling the domestic dispute with Cochran and his neighbor.

Steele said that a blood alcohol test was not conducted on Cochran, since he was arrested on a non-driving offense, but that he may have been under the influence of narcotics as well as alcohol.

Cochran was placed in one of the jail’s “drunk tank” cells. This cell’s toilet facility, for the safety of intoxicated inmates, consists of a hole in the ground rather than a bathroom toilet. The jail does not place cameras in such cells, according to Steele, so as not to record inmates’ nudity if they use the toilet.

Steele said that Cochran was not booked immediately because officers generally wait until intoxicated inmates have “sobered up” before booking them, but that Cochran was eligi-ble for bond well before his body was found.

Cochran did not scream out for help while in the cell, Steele said, but he did use profanity and was argumentative while being brought in to the jail and while in the cell.

Steele said that it is “typical behavior” for intoxicated inmates to yell profanity and bang on glass. Officers check on them periodically, he said, and once the alcohol wears off, the inmates usually relax.

No officers abused Cochran, Steele said, but Cochran was restrained and searched when he was brought in, and was being argumentative and profane during this process.

Steele said that Cochran had been arrested previous times in Rossville on misdemeanor charges and that all officers on hand followed procedures.

Steele could not comment on how Cochran was asphyxiated, since the investigation is ongoing

Walker County Messenger