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Inmate killed just hours after being booked into Tangipahoa Parish Jail

6 years 9 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, January 31 2017 Jan 31, 2017 January 31, 2017 9:32 AM January 31, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

AMITE - An inmate was killed in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail after being in custody for less than 12 hours. 

According to Sheriff Daniel Edwards, jail staff responded to a disturbance between offenders late Monday night. Staff found an inmate in need of immediate medical attention and called for emergency crews. The Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office identified the inmate as 40-year-old Tommy Joe Smith. 

Prison staff was unable to revive Smith. 

The Criminal Investigation Division of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Department are on scene and an investigation is under way. 

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