KEMAH — A man died in an apparent suicide while in the custody of Kemah police early Friday, officials said.

The man, whose name has not been released pending notification of next of kin, hanged himself in a Kemah jail cell shortly before 2:30 a.m. Friday, Police Chief Greg Rikard said.

A dispatcher watching the jail video monitor told officers there was a problem with a prisoner, and police found the man at about 2:30 a.m. Medical personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene, police said.

The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and district attorney are investigating the in-custody death, police said.

Lt. Gary Echols with the sheriff’s office said the man was arrested on the bridge connecting Kemah and Seabrook and charged with public intoxication.

Police dispatchers had received calls earlier in the evening that the man, who had apparently been at a bar in the Bacliff area, told others he intended to commit suicide, Echols said.

The man was a Wisconsin native who was living at a recreational vehicle park in Clear Lake Shores, Echols said.

The man appeared to have been alone in the jail cell, and used a blanket to hang himself, Echols said.

An investigation is ongoing, but Kemah police followed standard procedure in arresting and detaining the man, Echols said.

Contact reporter Alex Macon at 409-683-5241 or


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