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.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

(1) comment


A $15,000.00 bond? Again, I ask KDH to investigate why Killeen bonds are so much higher than the rest of the county.

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.