By Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) - McKinley County sheriff’s deputies are investigating after a Yatahey man reportedly killed himself while in the county jail.

The Gallup Independent reports ( ) that 28-year-old Thomas Yazzie-Joe was found dead in his cell at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center on Friday.

The apparent cause of death is being listed as suicide.

According to sheriff’s office, Yazzie-Joe was booked into jail Friday after being arrested on aggravated battery and aggravated assault charges. He was housed in a cell by himself because he acted aggressively and disorderly during the booking process.

When a corrections officer went to check on Yazzie-Joe a few hours after booking, she found him dead in the cell.


Information from: Gallup Independent,

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