Inmate hangs himself at Aroostook County Jail in Houlton

Posted Aug. 26, 2013, at 12:09 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 26, 2013, at 6:28 p.m.

HOULTON, Maine — Maine State Police are investigating what they said Monday was the early morning suicide of an inmate at the Aroostook County Jail.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said that Kirk Sharp, 31, who was arrested last Thursday by state police on a domestic violence assault charge, hanged himself with a bedsheet. His last known address was in the Mars Hill and Castle Hill area.

Chief Deputy Darrell Crandall of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department said Monday afternoon that Sharp was found hanging in his cell by corrections officers at approximately 1:30 a.m. and was alone in the locked cell at the time.

Corrections officers worked to revive him at the jail before an ambulance was called.

He subsequently was taken to Houlton Regional Hospital by the Houlton Ambulance Department, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Crandall said that the Sheriff’s Department will work with the Maine Department of Corrections to conduct an internal review of jail procedures, which is standard practice in situations such as this.

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