Jail

An inmate at the Howard County Jail attempted suicide on Monday and later died.

According to a press release from the Howard County Sheriff’s Office, on Monday at approximately 12:38 p.m. correctional officers at the jail were alerted to an attempted suicide in cell block 4B. Officers immediately called for medical assistance and upon entering the cell observed 30-year-old Kokomo resident Kacey Michael Roadruck with “a bed sheet affixed around his neck.” He was unconscious and unresponsive.

Correctional officers and nursing staff began CPR and “other life-saving measures” until medics arrived at the scene. Roadruck was then transported to St. Vincent’s Hospital Kokomo and eventually airlifted to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

According to the Marion County Coroner’s Office, Rodruck was pronounced dead shortly before 7 p.m. on Sept. 18.

The suicide represents the third such incident at the local jail this year. In March two female inmates, one on March 6 and another on March 18, died after committing suicide at the facility by hanging. Those suicides resulted in Sheriff Jerry Asher calling for bolstered mental health services at the facility.

As a result, a full-time mental health professional started at the facility on Sept. 9, which the sheriff, at the time, said he hoped would be able to stave off some suicide attempts at the jail. Asher declined to comment at the time of this publication.