POCATELLO — An inmate at the Bannock County Jail committed suicide late Friday night, the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Brandon Grammer, 29, of Montana, was found dead in his cell around 11 p.m., authorities said. The Sheriff’s Office said Grammer’s death will be investigated by outside law enforcement agencies and the Bannock County Coroner’s Office but all indications are that he hanged himself in his cell.
The Pocatello Fire Department was called to the jail after Grammer was found by a jail guard. Fire Department paramedics tried unsuccessfully to revive Grammer via CPR, authorities said.
Although Grammer was from Montana, the Sheriff’s Office said he had family in Pocatello.
Grammer shared a cell with another inmate but that inmate was not in the cell when Grammer hanged himself, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Grammer was in jail on multiple warrants out of Montana as well as for an incident that occurred in late February at New Horizon alternative high school on West Alameda Road in Pocatello.
Pocatello police say the late February incident began when a New Horizon staff member told a school resource officer that there was a suspicious adult male in a vehicle in the school’s parking lot.
The officer identified the man as Grammer and knew he had multiple warrants out of Montana, police said.
The officer told Grammer to get out of the vehicle, but Grammer instead put the vehicle into gear and pulled forward, police said. When other cars in the lot made it impossible for him to continue, Grammer allegedly put the vehicle in reverse and backed toward the officer, who feared that he was going to be run over, police said.
Grammer then drove into a curb at the school before surrendering to the officer and being placed under arrest, police said. Grammer had been an inmate at the Bannock County Jail ever since.
Grammer was charged with a felony for assault on an officer and misdemeanors for providing false information to an officer, resisting or obstructing officers, and consuming or possessing an open container of alcohol as a driver for the incident at New Horizon.
The Sheriff’s Office said that Grammer’s death at the jail is the first suicide the facility has experienced in over a year.