Inmate Death

By: Renee' LaSalle
By: Renee' LaSalle

Family members are looking for answers in the death of 43-year-old Sharon Scott. She was found early Tuesday morning in a holding cell at the Meridian Police Department. Investigators say they don't believe foul play was involved, calling the incident an apparent suicide. But her family says that's just not the case.

"Really, there's so many, so many rumors. And really, I've asked questions but I really haven't received the answers. And me, knowing my mother, everything didn't go like they said it went," said Scott's daughter Conchetta Mosley.

Meridian Chief of Police Benny DuBose says he sympathizes with Scott's family. He says if he were in the same situation he would have questions too. But DuBose says he believes in his officers and that results of the investigation will reveal no wrong doing.

Furthermore, DuBose says the arresting officer had no reason to believe Scott was in any emotional danger.

"Any telltale signs that would indicate to us that a person is suicidal we would definitely give them special attention and would not house them here," said DuBose.

DuBose says the arresting officer and all three officers who tried to resuscitate Scott are shaken and counseling is being made available to them. Initially questions were raised about inmate surveillance at the jail but DuBose and his assistant chief have decided the current procedures will stand.

"It's unfortunate that it happened and if we had any indication that something like this would have happened we would have done all we could to prevent it," said DuBose. This isn't something we see everyday."

Back at the family meeting representatives say they want to gather their thoughts as a family before they present themselves to the community or to legal representation.
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