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EXCLUSIVE: JAIL SUICIDE ATTEMPT MAY HAVE BEEN STAGED

October 28, 2011

The Grays Harbor Jail inmate who tried to kill himself last week and ended up being shot and killed last Friday may have staged his suicide as an escape attempt.

In an exclusive interview with KXRO, Grays Harbor Undersheriff Rick Scott says they’ve learned John Gary Lies was wanted on out-of-state felony warrants and if he was convicted in Washington state would have faced long prison sentences because of his criminal history.

Scott believes that Lies attempted suicide as a way to get out of the jail and into a lower-security facility so he could escape.

After his suicide attempt Lies was taken to Grays Harbor Community Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

It was there where Lies escaped custody and subsequently took a woman hostage using a knife.

Lies was shot by an officer after he refused to to drop the knife.

The officer who shot Lies remains on paid administrative leave as the investigation into last week’s incident continues.

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