Port Orchard police investigating inmate’s suicide

An investigation is under way by the Port Orchard Police Department into an apparent suicide by a 29-year-old male inmate in the Kitsap County Jail.

Deputy Scott Wilson, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said the coroner’s office reported that Steven Tyler Ellis, 29, of Belfair, was pronounced dead at 3:05 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, by attending staff at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton.

Wilson reported Ellis was found around 6:50 p.m. in a shower in the inmate’s housing unit by sheriff’s corrections officers Aug. 2.

Police Chief Geoffrey Marti said Ellis apparently hung himself inside the jail facility.

According to charging papers, Ellis was charged with second-degree assault on July 30 in Kitsap County District Court. He was arrested by Port Orchard police on July 29 and booked into jail on a charge of second-degree assault with bail set at $100,000. He was being held in jail in a pre-trial status.

After Ellis was found, emergency first aid was administered to the inmate by jail medical personnel and corrections officers until they were relieved by South Kitsap Fire and Rescue medics.

Wilson said the inmate was transported to Harrison Medical Center’s emergency room in Bremerton, where emergency life-saving efforts continued.

Wilson said because the incident occurred while the man was in the custody of the sheriff’s office, the investigation is being conduced by an outside agency per standard operating procedure.


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