Inmate commits suicide inside Pender County Jail

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A young man being held in the Pender County Jail was found trying to commit suicide early Wednesday morning.

According to Sheriff Carson Smith, a jail officer found Damien Billy Manley, 21 of Rocky Point, around 1:45 a.m. The officer on duty immediately started providing medical care to Manley and called for EMS.

Manley was pronounced dead at the scene around 2:30 a.m.

Manley was arrested July 24, 2012 for first degree burglary, assault on a child under 12, and criminal contempt.

The sheriff asked the SBI to investigate the incident because the death happened while he was in custody. An internal investigation is also under way.

According to Smith, preliminary indications show the jail officers on duty followed state rules, Sheriff's Office procedures and medical staff guidance in their classification and monitoring of the inmate.

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