Inmate dies from suicide attempt

By Tom Joyce -


DOBSON — An inmate who attempted suicide in the Surry County Jail last week has died, authorities reported last week.

That person also has been identified publicly for the first time, as Michael Adrian Martin, 30, of 116 Green St., Mount Airy.

Other new information released by the Surry County Sheriff’s Office includes the manner of the suicide attempt, which involved hanging.

It initially was reported that the inmate was found unresponsive in a cell last Thursday, Sept. 28. Detention officers began life-saving measures, and the Surry County Emergency Medical Service transported the man to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

“On Oct. 4, 2017, the Surry County Sheriff’s Office was informed by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center the former inmate had passed away from the injuries he received in his suicide attempt,” says a statement issued by the sheriff’s office Wednesday.

Martin had been arrested by Mount Airy police at a local church less than two weeks before his suicide attempt, late on the evening of Sept. 16.

He and another man were encountered by officers during a suspicious-person call at Bannertown Baptist Church on South Main Street, which led to the discovery that both were wanted on motor vehicle-related charges.

Martin was the subject of an outstanding warrant for a felony charge of possession of a stolen vehicle which had been filed by Surry County authorities on May 23 and orders for arrest on multiple counts of failing to appear in court.

He was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $10,500 secured bond.

Martin had failed to appear in court on misdemeanor larceny, misdemeanor possession of stolen property and misdemeanor simple assault violations, according to information released Wednesday by Chief Deputy Lauren Osborne.

After his recent arrest, Martin was scheduled for court appearances next Tuesday and on Nov. 13.

The suicide attempt led Sheriff Jimmy Combs, in conjunction with Surry County District Attorney Ricky Bowman, to request that the State Bureau of Investigation launch an inquiry into the incident, which Combs has described as routine in such cases.

Combs and Bowman were still awaiting a report from the SBI on Wednesday, and the sheriff did not know when it might be received.

“I really have no idea,” he said.

The last suicide in the Surry County Jail occurred on March 13, 2015, according to Osborne.


By Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

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