Mendocino Jail Inmate Attempted Suicide Back in March

This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

mcsoOn March 7, 2016 at approximately 1050 hours, corrections staff discovered a 46-year-old male inmate hanging in his cell in an apparent suicide attempt.  Correctional staff made entry into the cell, cut the ligature and assessed the man who was the sole occupant of the cell.  After discovering the man had no pulse, Correctional staff began life-saving techniques.   Jail medical staff were also immediately on scene. Emergency medical services were summoned.

After several rounds of cardiopulmonary resuscitation by correctional staff, medical staff determined that the individual had a pulse and was breathing.  Emergency medical techniques were continued until Ukiah Fire personnel arrived and took over treatment.  The victim was transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center where he was evaluated and eventually flown to an out-of-area hospital for treatment of his injuries.  The man’s condition was described as serious but stable.

In investigating the incident, it was determined that the individual had been without oxygen for about 6 minutes.

The man’s condition improved and he was returned to the custody of the Sheriff’s Office on March 9, 2016.  He is expected to make a full recovery.

Correctional deputies Steve Siderakis, Juan Zavala and Aaron Shaw acted exemplary in this situation.  CPR was started promptly as has been trained and because of their efforts, a life has been saved.

The victim’s name is not being released for privacy reasons.



  • Dpt. Zavala is a nice enough fellow, known to let the occasional extra pair of socks slide by his watchful gaze, or even a non-authorized sandwich!

  • I wonder what his bunky was doing ?

  • Glory be! No pulse for 6 minutes, yet full recovery expected. Great job officers!

  • Sure glad he didn’t succeed in this!

  • Finding out what this person is in jail for might shed a bit more light on the subject without revealing his identity!? I just want to know is he in jail for a real crime beyond a misdemeanor, or are we the taxpayers going to be footing thousands a dollars in medical bills for an individual serving a 30-90 day sentence?

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