SOUTH BEND – An inmate being held at the St. Joseph County Jail has been injured, and a jail officer is off the job after a scary situation late Thursday night.
The Sheriff’s Department says Brian Newman was a federal inmate on suicide watch at the jail when he fell from the second floor of the jail “slice” where he was assigned.
Each “slice” has individual cells where inmates live while jailed.
Police say around 11:00 p.m., Newman was out of his cell in handcuffs with a jail officer for recreational time. No other inmates were with them.
Newman asked the officer for an inmate request form, which is the way inmates can ask for goods or services in the jail.
Investigators say the officer left the inmate sitting at a table on the first floor of the “slice” to get a copy of the form. Immediately after the officer left the pod, Newman stood up, walked up the stairs and wriggled his way through the protective bars on the second floor.