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Investigation Underway After Apparent Suicide at County Jail

BROOKSVILLE – Detectives with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating an apparent suicide that took place, just after 7:00 P.M. last evening, inside the Hernando County Jail.

Officials say, Detention Center Staff located 26-year-old Justin Michael Simonds unresponsive and began performing CPR. Fire Rescue responded and transported Simonds to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Officials have not released the cause of death at this time.

An Internal Affairs Investigation will take place, to insure that all policies and procedures were adhered to, say officials.

No other inmates or staff were injured as a result of the incident.

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