Published on February 28th, 2016 | by The Kitsap Scene


Sheriff: Kitsap Jail Inmate Commits Suicide, Dies at Harrison Medical Center

A Kitsap County Jail inmate who apparently committed suicide was pronounced dead at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton yesterday.

The inmate — who the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office identified as Eric Orville Waldenberg, 49, whose last known addresses are in North Kitsap County and Jefferson County — was found unconscious and unresponsive by sheriff’s corrections officers a little before 9 p.m. Saturday, according to a press release from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office. The inmate was housed in a single-person cell, according to the release.

The inmate reportedly used “issued inmate property” to strangle himself, the release states.

Corrections officers attempted to revive the inmate with CPR. Medics from South Kitsap Fire and Rescue arrived at the jail at 9:05 p.m. and continued emergency care en route to the hospital, the release states.

The inmate was reportedly pronounced dead at 9:56 p.m.

The Kitsap County Incident Response Team was called in to investigate the inmate’s death. A detective sergeant with the Bremerton Police Department reportedly led the investigation, assisted by investigators from the Port Orchard Police Department and Washington State Patrol. The investigation is “largely completed,” according to the press release.

Waldenberg had reportedly been arrested Feb. 22 by Poulsbo police and booked into jail on a charge of second-degree burglary.

The Washington State Department of Corrections reportedly served a warrant of arrest for Waldenberg on Feb. 23 for escape from community custody.

The county’s forensic pathologist will conduct an autopsy of Waldenberg. Once it’s completed, the coroner will issue a determination as to the cause and manner of his death.

When the coroner’s report is received and included as part of the investigative case file, the entire KCIRT report will be sent to the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney for review, the release states.

Featured Photo Courtesy of Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office

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