Sunday evening Deschutes County Jail inmate Bryan Michael Penner was discovered by another inmate after an apparent suicide attempt in one of the jail housing units. The reporting inmate alerted deputies and a nurse who began life-saving efforts, which continued until emergency medical personnel with the Bend Fire Department arrived. The Bend Fire Department transported Penner to St. Charles Medical Center.
Sheriff L. Shane Nelson and District Attorney John Hummel are at the jail and have been briefed on the investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.
Sheriff Nelson said, “Our office takes these investigations seriously. I have requested the Oregon State Police take the lead in this investigation, assisted by the Deschutes County Major Incident Team.”