A mass stabbing took place at the Fulton County Jail where at least one detainee was killed and two others injured on Thursday.
Natalie Ammons with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office told CNN in an email that the situation was “under control” by afternoon and an investigation was ongoing. Since the end of July, this is the fifth death of a Fulton County Jail inmate.
According to the sheriff’s office, on July 31, 40-year-old Montay Stinson was found unresponsive in his cell. Stinson was being held on a second-degree burglary charge with a $3,000 bond. He was found with “no obvious signs of injury,” according to the sheriff’s office.
34-year-old Christopher Smith was found unresponsive by a detention officer on August 10. He was being held on felony and misdemeanor charges without bond. Smith was resuscitated and taken to a hospital. However, He died shortly after.
On August 17, Alexander Hawkins, 66, was found unresponsive in a medical unit cell and died, the sheriff’s office said. He had been arrested just over two weeks earlier. He was being held on a shoplifting charge with a $5,000 bond.
On August 26, 34-year-old Samuel Lawrence was found unresponsive in his cell. Lawrence was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. He was being held for second-degree arson on a $30,000 bond, according to the sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s office added that in such deaths, the county medical examiner’s office performs an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. In 2023, there have been nine in-custody deaths.
The US Department of Justice launched a civil rights investigation in July into the jail for unsanitary conditions, as well as violence against detainees.
Earlier this month, Former President Donald J. Trump and 18 other co-defendants were booked into the same jail for 2020 election interference case. Trump’s mug shot was taken for the first time in the detention center.