ACSO investigating hanging death at jail

Press release from Alachua County Sheriff’s Office

At approximately 12:44 a.m. this morning while doing routine hourly checks, Detention Officers at the Alachua County Jail located an inmate hanging in his cell and unresponsive. Detention Officers began rendering first aid until paramedics could arrive and transport the inmate to a local hospital, where he ultimately was pronounced deceased this morning.

The inmate has been identified as 34 year-old Nathan A. Keen (7/30/85). Keen was arrested by the Gainesville Police Department on March 13th and charged with two counts each of burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief. Keen’s family has been notified.

A simultaneous administrative and internal investigation have been launched into this incident. Due to these open and active investigations, additional information regarding this incident will not be released until such time as the investigations have been concluded.

  • Sad…I wonder if non-violent inmates in the jail are allowed to have visitors now, with Covid-19? Or, are they isolated, (as our nursing home/long term care facility residents, and the many hospital patients who are not allowed to have visitors and are often going through the most difficult times in their lives?)
    I could see someone who did something dumb like breaking into a house and getting caught becoming depressed and desperate in jail during their “double lockdown” if they are entirely isolated from everyone in their life…

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