Death of man detained at Balto. Co. jail is ruled suicide

Owings Mills resident found hanging in cell

October 20, 2004|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

The death of a man Sunday at the Baltimore County Detention Center has been ruled a suicide, the state medical examiner's office said yesterday.

Michael Charles Luzier, 46, of the first block of Fennington Circle in Owings Mills was found hanging from a grate in his cell about 4 p.m., according to a police report.

It was the second suicide this year at the jail, and Jim O'Neill, director of the county Bureau of Corrections, said jail officials would be reviewing policies "to see if there's anything we can change."

Luzier had been alone in a cell in the intake area after having been booked three days earlier on charges of vehicle theft, driving under the influence and driving while suspended, O'Neill said.

During the booking process, Luzier was asked whether he was considering taking his life, O'Neill said. The man answered no and was not placed on a suicide watch, O'Neill said.

The police report states that Luzier used a "blue nylon rope" to hang himself, but jail officials said it was likely either the drawstring from his sweat pants or the string used to tie a laundry bag.

Luzier left did not leave a note, the police report states. Some inmates told police that Luzier "looked depressed" the day he committed suicide, according to the report.

One inmate notified jail workers when he saw Luzier hanging, and the workers cut Luzier free and tried to revive him, the police report states.

In July, Edward Sawicki, 45, of Dundalk was found dead in the jail's shower area. The inmate apparently used strips from a bedsheet to hang himself, officials said.

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