EBRSO investigating inmate suicide

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – An investigation is underway into the death of an inmate inside of the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

36-year-old Brandon Phillips, of Zachary was found on Sunday afternoon by a deputy “hanging inside his cell by a torn blanket tied to a sprinkler head,” according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.

CPR was administered but Phillips was declared dead at the scene.

Phillips was facing multiple charges after being booked into the EBR Parish Prison five days ago.

The charges are listed below:

  • Second Degree Murder
  • Resisting an Officer
  • Distribution and Manufacturing Schedule 1 Drugs
  • Distribution and Manufacturing Schedule 2 Drugs
  • Possession of Schedule 4 Drugs

Phllips had ended up in the cell where he died after refusing to go into the general population.

EBRSO says, Phillips “stated his refusal was due to the possibility of having enemies in the assigned unit.”

Phillips passed a mental health examination and was given his own cell.

On the day of his passing, Phillips was seen alive at 3:36 p.m. by a corrections deputy.

Almost 20 minutes later, the same deputy returned to the cell and came upon the unfortunate scene.

The coroner is going to figure out what caused the death of Brandon Phillips.

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