Yesterday morning at approximately 7:00 am, Correctional Officers with the Hammond City Jail during breakfast service were alerted to a possible death of an inmate in his cell. HPD Correctional Officers observed an unresponsive inmate and immediately began administering CPR. HPD Dispatch contacted Acadian Ambulance, and upon their arrival, Acadian determined that the inmate was deceased. HPD Detectives and the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office arrived on scene to conduct the investigation.
The deceased was identified as 53 YO William David Jenkins of Hammond. Jenkins was in a cell by himself, and no foul play is suspected. This incident is still under investigation by HPD Detectives and the Tangipahoa Parish Corner’s Office and appears to be a possible suicide.