HURRICANE – The Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane was locked down for about two hours Tuesday afternoon after a suicide attempt was made by an inmate at the jail.
The inmate, a man, suffered self-inflicted injuries and was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for treatment, Washington County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jake Schultz said. No other persons were involved in the incident.
The lockdown went into effect at about 12:45 p.m., and the jail remained on full lockdown for about two hours, which is standard protocol when an incident like this happens, Schultz said. The jail remained on restricted movement for about an hour following the lockdown.
Around the holidays, Schultz said, workers at Purgatory are on enhanced watch for suicidal signs among the inmates.
“It’s definitely a more vulnerable time for people who are incarcerated,” he said.
The lockdown has been fully lifted, and normal activity has resumed at the jail, Schultz said.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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