A coroner's inquest will be held for an in-custody death in the
Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez earlier this year, the sheriff's office
According to sheriff's officials, 21-year-old Pleasanton man
Joseph Behiel died a day after he attempted suicide by asphyxiation in the
intake area of the jail on March 21.
Jail medical personnel attempted life-saving measures before
emergency responders arrived to take Behiel to the Contra Costa Regional
Medical Center in Martinez, where he died on March 22, according to sheriff's
spokesman Jimmy Lee.
Behiel had been booked into the jail on suspicion of weapons
crimes, resisting arrest and a probation violation about 15 hours before his
suicide attempt, according to the sheriff's office.
Although autopsy results indicate that the 21-year-old died due to
asphyxiation and his death was ruled a suicide, a coroner's inquest in
required in cases officer-involved fatalities, sheriff's officials said.
The inquest is set for 9 a.m. on Oct. 10 at the A.F. Bray Courts
Building in Martinez.