Farese: county jail trusty steals gun, commits suicide

A trusty at the Marshall County Jail gained access to a locked sheriff’s department vehicle, took a gun and committed suicide Tuesday afternoon, June 25, according to Tony Farese, an attorney for law enforcement.

“It’s devastating – a tragedy for everyone, especially the family of the inmate and everyone at the sheriff’s department,” Farese said.

The 43-year-old was serving time for burglary, since March, and was scheduled to be released in August, according to Farese.

He had made trusty status and was doing extremely well, he said.

“He was well-liked by jail officials and fellow inmates,” Farese said.

“He had more freedom and more responsibility as a trusty and he was performing admirably – no signs of emotional distress.”

His grandmother had passed away and was scheduled to be buried on Wednesday (of last week).

“The sheriff’s department had assured him they would make arrangements to take him to his grandmother’s funeral – that he would not miss it,” Farese said.

On Tuesday afternoon, officers from the Senatobia Police Department came to the jail and questioned the individual concerning a felony credit card fraud charge, Farese said.

“Shortly after the interrogation, he got inside a locked Marshall County Sheriff’s Department vehicle, which was parked in a private parking area, and was able to retrieve a weapon and shot himself,” Farese said.

“The projectile from the weapon broke through the glass of the vehicle and sounded the alarm, which alerted jail officials.

“The sheriff’s department immediately called for medical assistance, which arrived quickly, but the individual died on the scene.”

The sheriff’s department subsequently contacted the Holly Springs Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.

“It is our belief that the individual was thrown into a state of depression with the revelation of the felony credit card fraud charge that could prevent his release,” Farese said.

“It’s just heartbreaking. We ask that everyone keep the individual’s family members and the sheriff’s department in your prayers.”

Farese said there “was absolutely no misconduct by the law enforcement in this matter.”

The MBI is conducting an investigation, as is required, Farese said.

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