A man facing life in prison under Washington’s “three strikes you’re out” law hanged himself in the Pierce County Jail this morning, authorities said.
Corrections officers reported that the 28-year-old man was OK during a routine check of his cell at 10:25 a.m., sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. During another check about an hour later they found he’d hanged himself using a bed sheet, Troyer said.
Corrections officers attempted CPR but were unsuccessful.
The News Tribune is not reporting his name because it is unclear this afternoon if his next of kin has been notified of his death.
The man met with jail mental health providers earlier Friday morning but did not report feeling suicidal, Troyer said.
He was booked into the jail Sunday night and charged Monday with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and attempting to elude a police vehicle.
Prosecutors said he hit a man in the face with a rock and slammed his knee into the man’s head repeatedly before stealing his car. He later fled from police.
He’d previously had previous convictions for attempted second-degree assault and second-degree assault, both strike offenses.