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Auto theft suspect hangs himself in jail

By: Michelle Miller, Journal News Editor
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An inmate at the Placer County Jail in Auburn reportedly committed suicide sometime Monday evening. The inmate, Jason Paul Teubner, 30, of Auburn, was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell during a routine cell check at around 7 p.m. Teubner was arrested Sunday on suspicion of auto theft. Correctional staff at the jail immediately cut him down and started CPR. Jail medical staff also responded and fire and ambulance personnel arrived within minutes of the call, according to a press release from the sheriff's department. Teubner died at the scene. Capt. George Malim, commander of the Placer County Jail, said Tuesday there was no indication Teubner was a suicide threat. In his past history, there were no mental health issues, no suicidal ideation or suicide threats, Malim said. During booking, he said he wasn't suicidal or depressed. Malim said Teubner requested to be in a private cell because he claimed to be a former gang member who dropped out and needed protection. The last cell check was performed 30 minutes prior to the discovery of Teubner's body. Placer County Sheriff's detectives responded and conducted the death investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. Teubner had been in custody on $45,000 bail since Sunday morning on charges of stealing a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property. He also had a warrant for numerous drug charges and a violation of a parole warrant. His arraignment was set for Tuesday. Although there have been other suicide attempts, Malim said it has been at least 10 years since an inmate has killed himself at the Placer County Jail. We've done everything possible to make it difficult, he said. But the reality is, if someone wants to do it, (they will). The jail has taken suicide prevention measures including using electric instead of razors with blades and installing suicide bars to prevent inmates from throwing themselves off the upper level, Malim said. This is hard on our staff, too. They did everything they're supposed to do by our policies, he said. We had a great prevention record here, that shift is very disappointed it occurred.