Inmate Commits Suicide in County Jail

On September 6, 2017, at approximately 11:30 a.m. deputies were requested to check on the well-being of an inmate, Gary Bellinger (DOB 5/23/1977). Inmate Bellinger was located by deputies, unresponsive and hanging from his bed with a sheet around his neck. Deputies immediately called for medical staff to respond and began CPR on Bellinger.

Inmate Bellinger was transported to the hospital where he survived his injuries through the night. At approximately 2:50 p.m. this afternoon, Inmate Bellinger was pronounced deceased by a medical doctor.

The final cause and manner of death is still under investigation by The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and The Douglas County Coroner’s Office.

Bellinger was in custody on charges of Vehicle Trespass, Possession of Fraudulent Financial Devices, Theft, False Reporting, Obstructing Police, Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender and three out of county warrants. His total bond was $13,000.

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