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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2007

Officers find prisoner dead in Decatur jail

By Seth Burkett 340-2355

A prisoner died after corrections officers found him with apparently self-inflicted injuries Thursday in the city jail, Decatur police said.

Corrections officers discovered 27-year-old Travoris Montez Hood of Decatur non-responsive and not breathing at about 1:30 p.m., said Sgt. Jeremy Hayes.

Police would not confirm or deny reports that Hood had hanged himself, saying that the investigation into his death
is now in the hands of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

Hayes said corrections officers reached Hood shortly after he suffered the injuries.

"It was discovered through video monitoring. That is my understanding. Then they went back there and found him," Hayes said.

Corrections officers performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until Decatur Fire and Rescue and Decatur EMS arrived at the jail, Hayes said.

Hood was taken to Decatur General Hospital, where he was declared dead after resuscitation attempts failed.

Hayes said Hood was in jail on misdemeanor warrants.

One other person was inside the three-man cell with Hood, but the cellmate was asleep, Hayes said.

Hayes said that, to his knowledge, Hood had not left a note of any sort.

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