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Hopkinsville inmate shoots himself with jailer's gun


The Kentucky State Police is investigating the death of a Christian County Detention Center inmate who stole a jailer's gun and killed himself.

Just before 2:30 p.m. Saturday, KSP was called to Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville after reports that a patient at the emergency room shot himself.

An inmate, identified as Jeffery Downs, 40, had been transported to the hospital around noon Saturday for unrelated medical attention.

As Downs was being treated by medical staff, he disarmed the deputy jailer who had escorted him to the emergency room.

After he disarmed the deputy jailer, Downs turned the gun on himself, resulting in a fatal injury.

No one else was hurt during the incident. Downs had been incarcerated for parole violations. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

KSP is still investigating the case.

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