A Temple man reportedly was found hanging in a Bell County jail cell Monday.
An inmate found Eli Gauna Jr., 23, hanging from a sheet and worked to gain the attention of jailers, Bell County Maj. T.J. Cruz said Wednesday. Deputies went into the cell and immediately began giving Gauna medical attention.
Cruz didn’t know exactly how long Gauna was hanging before the inmate saw him, but said it was probably several minutes.
Gauna was taken to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Temple, where he remained Wednesday in critical condition, Cruz told a Telegram reporter.
Because of the seriousness of Gauna’s injuries, his relatives were notified Monday.
The investigation of the attempted suicide was turned over to the Texas Rangers, Cruz said.
He reportedly had tried to burn his way through plexiglass and then pried his way into Kerley’s Market on Saturday.
Gauna was charged with burglary of a building, a state jail felony. His bail was set at $15,000.
A burglary alarm went off at about 4:46 p.m. and said someone was inside the business at 615 E. Central. Officers smelled something burning and noticed someone tried to burn through the plexiglass door. Two separate holes were made in the plexiglass. A pry bar under the front door mat was used to force open the door, Temple Police Officer Shawana Neely said. Officers went to the back of the building and secured it.
A K-9 officer helped search the building, but officers found no one inside. Officers also drove around the area. Gauna was found at the Wal-Mart, where he was arrested.