Feds: ICE detainee dies at Eloy Detention Center - Tucson News Now

Feds: ICE detainee dies at Eloy Detention Center

CBS 5 CBS 5
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A Guatemalan man in custody at the Eloy Detention Center died from an apparent suicide, federal authorities said.

Jorge Garcia-Mejia, also known as Jorge Garcia-Maldonado, 40, was found unresponsive in his cell Tuesday afternoon by staff conducting security checks, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

Detention facility personnel immediately called 911, emergency medical technicians responded to the scene, but were unable to revive Garcia-Mejia. He was pronounced dead at 2:45 p.m.

Garcia-Mejia was taken into custody on March 22 following an arrest for assault. He had been detained at the Eloy Detention Center since March 23, awaiting immigration hearings related to his removal case.

While at Eloy, Garcia-Mejia received two routine medical screenings, but did not seek any medical or mental health treatment, ICE authorities said.

Garcia-Mejia was the target of an ongoing investigation by the Phoenix Police Department into suspected sexual conduct with a minor.

Mental health professionals from ICE Health Services Corps and the facility chaplain are conducting group counseling sessions for detainees. 

The corps plans to conduct a thorough assessment of the incident and the April 28 suicide of a Guatemalan woman at the facility to identify the underlying causes.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Man with gun threatens customers at east-side Walmart

    Man with gun threatens customers at east-side Walmart

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 10:36 AM EDT2017-09-26 14:36:27 GMT
    Tucson police on scene at east side Walmart. (Source: Tucson News Now)Tucson police on scene at east side Walmart. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    A man entered the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Camino Seco and Broadway on Monday, Sept. 25 and began waving a gun around, according to Sgt. Kim Bay, spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department.  

    A man entered the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Camino Seco and Broadway on Monday, Sept. 25 and began waving a gun around, according to Sgt. Kim Bay, spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department.  

  • BREAKING

    Portion of Country Club Rd to be closed for hours after man struck by vehicle

    Portion of Country Club Rd to be closed for hours after man struck by vehicle

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 9:38 AM EDT2017-09-26 13:38:56 GMT

    Country Club Road is closed between East Ginter Rd. and north of East Bilby Rd. while crews respond to an injury crash. Tucson police said officers expect that stretch of road to be closed until about 9:45 a.m. We are working to learn more information. MOBILE USERS: Download our Tucson News Now app for Apple and Android devices. Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

    Country Club Road is closed between East Ginter Rd. and north of East Bilby Rd. while crews respond to an injury crash. Tucson police said officers expect that stretch of road to be closed until about 9:45 a.m. We are working to learn more information. MOBILE USERS: Download our Tucson News Now app for Apple and Android devices. Copyright 2017 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Marana PD searching for suspects in commercial burglary

    Marana PD searching for suspects in commercial burglary

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 8:26 AM EDT2017-09-26 12:26:01 GMT

    Marana police are looking for suspects in a commercial burglary that happened late Monday night, Sep. 25.

    Marana police are looking for suspects in a commercial burglary that happened late Monday night, Sep. 25.

Powered by Frankly