An investigation is ongoing Thursday afternoon into Friday after a prisoner being transported to the Kenosha County Jail killed himself.
According to a release by Pleasant Prairie Police:
“On July 20th 2023, at about 3:46 PM, Officers of the Pleasant Prairie Police Department arrested an adult male for weapons related offenses. The arrestee was being transported to the Kenosha County Jail for criminal charges by two Pleasant Prairie Police Officers. While driving the squad on Sheridan Road near the entrance of the Kenosha County Jail, officers heard a gun shot from the backseat prisoner portion of the squad.
Preliminary information indicates the arrestee suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound from a concealed weapon not located in the initial search by officers. Life saving measures were attempted, however the arrestee was pronounced deceased at the scene.
As required by Wisconsin State Statute 175.47, this incident will be investigated by an outside law enforcement agency. The Racine County Sheriff’s Office will conduct this investigation with the full cooperation of our Department as we are committed to full transparency.
Our thoughts are with all law enforcement personnel involved with this incident and the decedent’s family during this tragic time.
We wish to thank the public for their continued support, and we ask for your patience and understanding while this matter is under investigation.”
It seems like PPPD officers missed a gun when they searched and secured the prisoner in the back of the squad.
This is a breaking story.