Apparent suicide under investigation at West County Detention Facility

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An Antioch man in custody at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond apparently committed suicide on Saturday, according to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 6:15 p.m., a deputy sheriff escorted a mental health clinician to the cell of 42-year-old Gregory Lynds and, after opening his cell door, found Lynds unresponsive with a bed sheet wrapped around his neck, the sheriff’s office said.

Despite life-saving measures taken by deputies and jail medical staff, Lynds was pronounced dead at the scene.

His death is under investigation, the sheriff’s office said.

Lynds was originally booked into jail by Antioch police on Oct. 2 on two felony charges of elder abuse likely to produce great bodily harm or death, two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, parole violation, and battery on a peace officer, the sheriff’s office said.

The investigation into his death is being investigated by the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office and sheriff’s office.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, email: [email protected] or call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message.