Assaulted inmate on life support dies

Becky Campbell • Updated Dec 21, 2018 at 10:40 AM

The Washington County Detention Center inmate authorities said was found unresponsive after an assault died late Thursday after being on life support this week, according to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman.

Joseph M. Lockner, 29, 109 Sheri St. in Gray, was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor by a detention officer who was conducting rounds in Lockner’s pod. Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal released that information on Wednesday stating that Lockner was assaulted Monday afternoon. A a press release from the department did not detail what type of injuries Lockner had. The only information released was that Lockner was on life support at an area hospital.

“I have an update to pass along regarding Joseph Lockner,” TBI Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart told the Press Thursday evening. “He was pronounced dead this evening.” Lockner died just two days before his 30th birthday.

Earlier, Earhart gave a statement saying the agency had been asked to conduct the investigation into the assault on Lockner.

“At the request of 1st District Attorney General Ken Baldwin, TBI Special Agents are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident that occurred at the Washington County Jail. On Monday, corrections officers were alerted to an altercation in one of the cell blocks. Upon arrival, Lockner was found unresponsive in his cell. Officers administered CPR until paramedics arrived. Lockner was transported to a local hospital,” where he remained hospitalized at the time of the statement.

Earhart’s update on Lockner’s death came shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday.

No other details of the assault, including any suspects, were released. Earhart said the investigation remains active and ongoing.

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