UPDATED: Woman survives suicide attempt in RCMP cell
A woman was rushed to hospital on Thursday, Oct. 18, after apparently attempting suicide in the drunk tank at the Kamloops RCMP's Battle Street detachment.
The woman, whose name and age are not being released, was in custody after being picked up by police for public intoxication and causing a disturbance.
At about 11:30 p.m., paramedics were called to the RCMP cellblock for a report of a prisoner in cardiac arrest.
"It was a female prisoner who had tied a piece of clothing around her neck and attempted to choke herself," Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned told KTW.
"She was released from our custody into medical care."
Learned said the prisoner was breathing when she was taken away from the cellblock by ambulance.
She is expected to make a full recovery.
"Last I heard, she was fine," Learned said.
"I think they [doctors] were monitoring her."
According to Learned, the woman will not face criminal charges and was arrested for her own personal safety.
"When somebody can't care for themselves, we bring them here to sober up," he said.
Kamloops RCMP Supt. Yves Lacasse said detachment brass looks at every serious incident and attempts to improve operations.
"We're constantly reviewing everything we do," he said.
"We do administrative reviews on everything that happens internally, and we try to learn from everything that takes place."