Man kills himself with razor in SLO County Jail
September 21, 2016
A 36-year-old Paso Robles man used a razor given to him by county jail staff to commit suicide, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. Correctional deputies found Jordan Benjamin Turner unresponsive inside his cell early Tuesday morning, and he was pronounced dead shortly later.
Last week, Morro Bay police arrested Turner on DUI and felony reckless driving charges. Officers booked Turner into the jail on Sept. 16.
On Monday, Turner requested a razor so he could shave before his court appearance that was scheduled for the next day, according to a sheriff’s office press release. It is standard procedure to issue a safety razor to inmates scheduled to appear in court, the press release states. The news release does not say whether Turner was given a safety razor.
At about 3:07 a.m. Tuesday, deputies performed a check on Turner. They performed another check at 3:29 a.m. after noticing no change in his position on the bunk with a blanket covering his body.
Deputies then found Turner unresponsive, without a pulse and with a large cut on the inside of his left arm above his elbow. The deputies began CPR immediately and requested an ambulance.
Registered nurses who work as medical staff at the jail assisted with CPR until paramedics arrived. After arriving, the paramedics continued CPR, but they did not manage to revive Turner.
Prior to entering the jail, Turner underwent a medical screening. During the screening, Turner stated he was not suicidal, and there was no indication he had suicidal tendencies, according to the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff’s detectives are conducting an investigation into Turner’s death. They do no suspect foul play.
The last suicide recorded in the county jail occurred in 2005. More recently, there were five deaths in the jail over a 14-month span in 2014 and 2015.