A suicide attempt by an inmate at the Bell County Jail in Belton on Monday was stopped by correctional officers, according to sheriff’s department spokesman Maj. T.J. Cruz.
A man arrested on a charge of burglary of a building was found hanging in a cell. Correctional officers entered the cell and gave him medical attention before he was brought to Scott & White Medical Center by ambulance, Cruz said.
He was still receiving medical treatment Wednesday, officials said. His next of kin was notified on the day of the suicide attempt.
The man, a 23-year-old Temple resident, was jailed after he reportedly tried to burn his way through Plexiglas and then pried his way into Kerley’s Market, a store in Temple on Saturday. He has been charged with burglary of a building, a state jail felony. His bond was set at $15,000.
The investigation has been turned over to the Texas Rangers, according to Cruz.