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Inmate death ruled a suicide

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A Fauquier County man who was serving an eight-year sentence at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center died by suicide early Friday morning. 

Jeremiah Gibson, 42, was found by a guard during routine rounds just before 2 a.m. Friday, November 30. 

Gibson, of Bealeton, Va., was convicted in August for shooting at law enforcement during a stand off at his Bear Bug Lane Home in March. 

James Whitley, the jail’s superintendent, says while Gibson was initially seen by a mental health professional for making suicidal statements after his arrest in March, months have passed without incident. He says staff did not notice any behavioral changes and Gibson had not had any write ups since he arrived in March. 

“Unless we can get them talking about their situation, we’re not going to know,” said Whitley, adding that suicides in his jail are rare, but he notices an increasing trend. “This is our fourth suicide in the last six years that we’ve had.”

If you are having thoughts of suicide, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-(800)-273-8255.