RCSO Detectives Close Out Inmate Death Investigation

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The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office received notification inmate Joseph Allen Bauer succumbed to self-inflicted injuries. He was found by detention staff hanging in his cell during a routine count of inmates on Thursday, November 16th.

The investigation results were released Wednesday after a joint investigation by the Sheriff Office's Criminal Investigations Division and Office of Professional Responsibility.

Unable to make a 25-hundred dollar bond, the 45-year old Bauer was being held on the charge of misdemeanor merchant theft resulting from a Smyrna Police Department investigation Wednesday, November 15th.


Detention officers began cardiopulmonary resuscitation and called the in-house medical staff, who continued CPR until Emergency Medical Services paramedics took over.

He was transported to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.


Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh says "Sheriff's Office employees are trained to respond to such events. The Adult Detention Center is committed and adherent to guidelines established by the Tennessee Corrections Institute.

CID actively investigated the incident, although detectives received notification Bauer's family instructed hospital staff not to release an information to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.

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