Deputies watch handcuffed drug suspect commit suicide at Atlanta facility

Atlanta Detention Center(Photo Sources:
Atlanta Detention Center (Photo source:

While awaiting a pre-trial intervention hearing, an as of yet unidentified drug suspect killed himself in police custody in Atlanta. According to police, a janitor at a downtown Atlanta high-rise discovered a loaded .25 caliber handgun in a garbage can outside the court building. When the janitor summoned police to investigate, it was found that the gun was wrapped in court documents belonging to the suspect.

When the suspect was confronted with the gun and evidence, he admitted that it was his weapon. This admission was a violation of his bond; officers took him into custody. The man struggled with 3-4 officers and was handcuffed. According to police, it was then that he yelled that he “did not want to go back to jail.” The police had him seated when he suddenly bolted away and charged headfirst into a plate glass window, plunging 40 feet to the pavement. He later died of his injuries at Grady Memorial Hospital.The Atlanta Police Department and Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office will handle the investigation into his death. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, which is in charge of the court building, is also conducting an internal investigation.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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