Newport News Police investigate death of inmate found hanging in cell

Sheldon Jones (Photo: Newport News Police Department via WAVY-TV 10)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of an inmate found hanging in his cell at the Newport News City Jail.

The Newport News Sheriff’s Office says 23-year-old Sheldon Jones died at a hospital after deputies found him at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday. Jones was alone in the cell.

The sheriff’s office says in a news release that the Jones was arrested on firearms charges on Tuesday.

The Newport News Police Department’s homicide squad is investigating Jones’ death and the sheriff’s office is conducting an internal investigation.

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