May 09, 2020  |  10:15 am

An inmate in the St. Tammany Parish Jail was found unresponsive by deputies after apparently strangling himself in his cell early Saturday (May 9) morning.

A Lacombe man, 45, was found unresponsive at approximately 3:30 a.m. in the isolation cell where he was being held.

Upon noticing the inmate was unresponsive, jail staff immediately began CPR and contacted medical personnel at the jail in addition to outside EMS.  Life saving measures were unsuccessful.

The remains of the deceased have been turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office, who will provide identification and a determination on the cause and manner of death.

He was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail in November 2018, on drugs and weapons charges and was being held on a $109,500 bond.

The incident is under investigation and more information will be provided as it becomes available.