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DEATH IN JAIL DETERMINED TO BE BY SUICIDE

 

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel completed his review of the circumstances surrounding the death of Chad Bomar in the Deschutes County Jail on February 17, 2020.  District Attorney Hummel concurs with the opinion of the Oregon State Medical Examiner, who conducted an autopsy of Mr. Bomar, that the cause of death was ligature hanging, and the manner of death was by suicide. 

 

Mr. Bomar, a 33-year-old male, hanged himself in his jail cell with his jail-issued pants tied to a bunk bed. There is no evidence of participation by another person. His motivation was likely related to symptomatic withdrawal from opioids.

 

Statement from Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson:

 

“Mr. Bomar’s passing is a tragic and unfortunate event. Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Bomar.”  

 

The Tri-County Major Incident Team, led by Oregon State Police Detective Sergeant Roberto Robles, with the Oregon State Police as the lead agency on this case, conducted a thorough and professional investigation and provided all the evidence District Attorney Hummel required to conduct his legal analysis and reach his legal conclusion.

 

Statement from District Attorney Hummel:

 

“Chad Bomar was a valued member of our community who loved, was loved, and deserved to live.  Our lives are worse off without him.  Yesterday, I spoke with his mother and extended my sympathies for her loss. 

 

I encourage anyone who feels alone or discouraged, or who feels like they don’t want to live, to reach out for help.  They can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “273Talk” to 839863.”  

   

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