Suicide Inside County Jail – Second in 30 Days
BROOKSVILLE – Yesterday, RNRF received reports of another suicide inside the Hernando County Jail. Officials remained tight lipped on the incident until late this morning, when they released the full details, confirming the self-inflicted death of an inmate.
According to officials, around 5:30 p.m. a detention deputy on a second floor balcony observed (through a window) an inmate hanging from his cell door.
The deputy immediately sounded a call for assistance and removed the inmate from the cell door.
Fire Rescue responded and performed CPR on the inmate; however despite all their efforts, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.
An initial review of the Detention Center’s video equipment found that one of the many jail cameras captured the event. It was found the inmate approached the cell door and took his own life approximately 15 minutes before he was found.
The inmate, identified as 59-year-old Bruno Paul Mirabella, was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center on the same day at 1:25 p.m. He was arrested by Hernando County deputies on a misdemeanor warrant for Violation of Probation (original charge – Driving While License Suspended or Revoked). Mirabella had been arrested at his home and transported to the Detention Center without incident.
It should be noted that every inmate is thoroughly screened during the booking process. Inmate Mirabella was not placed on any special conditions as a result of this initial screening.
Officials say the investigation remains active.
This marks the second inmate suicide inside the jail, in just over thirty days. On February 3rd 26-year-old Justin Michael Simonds was found unresponsive and died, after an apparent suicide. The cause of his death has not been released by officials.
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