Inmate found dead inside Texarkana jail

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TEXARKANA, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) — An investigation is underway into the death of an inmate at a Texarkana jail.

On July 6, Bowie Co. deputies were dispatched to the Bi-State Jail after a corrections officer informed them that an inmate found Michael Rodden hanging in his cell.

This corrections officer along with nursing staff entered the cell and administered CPR until Life Net personnel arrived. The attempts to revive Rodden were unsuccessful.

The initial investigation indicates that Rodden’s death was self-inflicted.

Rodden was being held in the Bi-State Jail for a Bond Surrender on Possession of a Controlled Substance Over One Gram and Under Four Grams.

Authorities say Rodden was also facing two new charges Possession of a Controlled Substance Over One Gram and Under Four Grams, and Failure to Identify.

Bowie County Sheriff James Prince said Rodden’s cell was checked hourly.

“These things happen, they happen in every facility across the country,” said Prince. “Especially when you have a facility as large as ours is, you’re gonna have some deaths in them, occasionally. And, naturally, we do everything we can to prevent them.”

Prince said they have 951 inmates and this is the fourth inmate death they’ve seen over the past couple years.

The Texas Rangers are investigating Rodden’s death. His body has been sent off for an autopsy.

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