State and local authorities are investigating the death of a woman who was reportedly held at the Brunswick County Jail.
Deputies discovered 35-year-old Heather Alene Johnson unresponsive in her jail cell from an apparent suicide attempt at about 10:45 a.m. Sunday, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax.
After about 45 minutes, deputies were able to revive Johnson, Flax said. She was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, where she died at about 12:10 a.m. Monday.
Johnson was booked at the Brunswick County jail on Aug. 27, charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and a fugitive warrant out of Florida, according to jail records.
Johnson was in normal population and was not on suicide watch, Flax said. Inmates in normal population are randomly checked on twice per hour.
Sheriff John Ingram requested the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) to conduct an investigation into the incident at the jail, Flax said. The sheriff’s office professional standards division is also conducting an investigation.
The investigations are standard protocol, according to Flax.
“Both investigations are still ongoing, however thus far, everything in terms of [sheriff’s office] policy was followed appropriately and no violations have been found,” Flax said.