Investigation underway after inmate death at Weber County Jail

Roger Campbell. Photo Courtesy: Weber County Sheriff's Office

WEBER COUNTY, Utah, Jan. 10, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — An investigation is underway after an inmate is believed to have hanged himself in his cell at the Weber County Jail.

The incident occurred at the jail at the correctional facility at 721 W. 12th St. in Ogden at approximately 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.

“An inmate was found in his cell unresponsive,” the news release said. “Jail medical staff responded and attempted life-saving measures that were ultimately unsuccessful. He was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter. It is suspected that he hanged himself.”

The inmate, Roger Campbell, 53, had been checked on by a deputy 10 minutes prior to him being discovered unresponsive, the statement said. During the previous check, nothing out of the ordinary was observed. Campbell had given no indication that he was in duress or needed assistance, officials said.

Campbell had been booked into jail on Sunday on charges related to fraudulent acts with credit cards and exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

The in-custody death investigation has been referred to the Weber County Attorney’s Office, and an internal investigation has also been initiated.

Gephardt Daily does not usually report on suicides or suicide attempts unless they occur in public places or otherwise impact a community.


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