Inmate takes own life at Graham County Jail

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Contributed Article/Courtesy GCSO

SAFFORD – On June 2, at approximately 7:53 p.m., Graham County Sheriff’s Jail staff called for assistance reference an inmate who had reportedly attempted suicide.
Michael Allen Reidell, age 56, was found bleeding from an apparent self-inflicted laceration.

Medical personnel from Lifeline and deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrived to assist.
It was initially learned an inmate using a razor blade that is given to inmates for shaving had cut himself and was bleeding heavily.
As the detention staff attempted to aid Reidell, he was physically resisting. Reidell was eventually controlled and taken by Lifeline Ambulance to the Mt. Graham Regional Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.
In processing the scene, a note was located inside the inmate’s private cell stating his intention. An autopsy, which is standard in this type of investigation, will be performed by the Pima County Medical Examiner. The investigation is on-going.