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Death reported at Van Zandt County Jail

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The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office has announced that a male inmate was found deceased of an apparent suicide shortly before 10 a.m. Oct. 14

According to information provided by the VZCSO, “Jail staff and the contracted jail medical staff immediately attempted life saving measures. EMS and Canton Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and exhausted all efforts to revive him.

“The inmate, identified as James King, was pronounced deceased a short time later. It appears King took his own life.”

Sheriff Steve Hendrix stated, “We express our sincere condolences to the family of Mr. King. They will be in our thoughts and prayers.”

The VZCSO release about the incident added, “Sheriff Hendrix immediately contacted the Texas Rangers who will conduct an investigation which is routine for deaths while in custody. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards was also notified.”