BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS
A Longview man who suffered an apparently self-inflicted injury in the Upshur County Jail at Gilmer last Thursday remained hospitalized in Longview Monday, said sheriff’s Chief Deputy David Hazel.
Hazel said he could neither confirm or deny that William Meadows, 27, of Longview, attempted to hang himself, and information on his condition was not immediately available from CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center.
In a news release, Hazel said other inmates found Meadows “unconscious in the shower area of a multi-inmate cell and notified jail personnel,” who administered first aid before Meadows was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Hazel said Meadows “appeared to be a victim of self-inflicted harm.” The inmate’s next of kin were notified of his location and condition, the chief deputy wrote.
At Sheriff Larry Webb’s request, Texas Rangers were notified of the incident and opened an investigation of it, Hazel added.
Meadows was booked into the jail July 11 on charges of violation of probation and violation of a protective order, the officer added.