- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 12, 2017

PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) - Two sheriff’s deputies were credited Tuesday with preventing a man from suffering serious injuries when he let himself fall backward from a second-story rail in what officials called an apparent suicide attempt last week inside a Nevada county jail.

Neither the inmate nor the deputy who caught him, Joshua Armendariz, were seriously hurt in the Dec. 5 incident inside the Nye County Detention Center in Pahrump, sheriff’s Lt. David Boruchowitz said.

Boruchowitz said another jail deputy, Ann Horak, tried to prevent the man from falling.

The inmate was identified as a Las Vegas resident in his mid-20s who Boruchowitz said was arrested Sept. 24 and threatened suicide while serving a 90-day sentence for convictions on speeding, driving without a valid license and failure to provide proof of insurance charges.

The man and Armendariz were checked for minor injuries and released at Desert Valley Hospital in Pahrump before Boruchowitz said the man was assigned to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. His name was not made public.

Armendariz has been a guard for three years, and Horak for two years at the jail, Boruchowitz said. The facility usually houses about 175 detainees and inmates in Pahrump, 60 miles 97 (kilometers) west of Las Vegas.

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