Roosevelt Police Chief Rick Harrison says he had no idea when his officers made their latest arrest of Gary Donald Mecham that, this time, the man was suicidal.
"We've known him for a long time. He's been in and out of the system for years. But there was no indication of this in his behavior [when arrested]," Harrison said Tuesday, five days after the 56-year-old ex-con was found dead in his holding cell at the Duchesne County Jail.
Jail personnel also reportedly said that Mecham had not made any suicidal comments during routine questioning while being booked on suspicion of domestic violence in the presence of a child, assault and intoxication.