Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 12, 2012

Teen suspect commits suicide in police car

ANDERSON, Ind. - A 17-year-old accused of trying to break into a Shriners' hall apparently committed suicide by strangling himself in the back of a police car.

Anderson police arrested Jace Zook and two others Wednesday. The three were handcuffed behind their backs and placed in separate cars.

Zook apparently strangled himself with a seat belt, according to a statement released by the city. Officers tried to resuscitate him. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. State police are handling the investigation.

Captain David Younce, spokesman for the Indiana Police Academy, said there are no guidelines for leaving prisoners unattended. It generally isn't good practice, he said, though officers sometimes must leave prisoners to tend to other priorities.

Younce said police may take precautions if they know a prisoner has a history of suicide attempts. Police usually learn that information after an arrest, he said.

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Details for this story were provided by The Herald Bulletin of Anderson, Ind.

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