Henrico inmate commits suicide

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A family is mourning the death of a Henrico inmate who committed suicide last week.

The family of 21-year-old Brian Fried says Henrico jail officials could have done more to keep him from taking his life.

They say he was bi-polar and suicidal and the jail didn't do enough to help him.

Tonight we took those concerns straight to Henrico's Sheriff.

A heartfelt memorial - Brian Fried's father is joined by close family and friends by the river.

He talks about the struggles his son has faced.

"At a young age my son was diagnosed with bi-polar. He was under doctor's care for periods of time. He had prior suicidal attempts, bouts of depression, which has been documented throughout the years," said Mike Fried.

Mike Fried said his son spent time in the Chesterfield jail - and most recently was incarcerated in Henrico for stealing leaf blowers.

Mike said he called the jail to alert them of his son's condition.

"The detective I spoke to said thank you very much sir for the information and basically that was all I got," said his father.

We also learned Brian was going to be father soon.

"Brian was my best friend and the love of my life, and we're expecting a baby in April, and I just feel like if the jail had done what they were supposed to do, and if there weren't light fixtures where people can hang themselves from then none of this would have ever happened," said Samantha Tellier, Brian's fiance.

So could his suicide have been prevented?

Sheriff Michael Wade said the mental house staff did see him for an evaluation.

"It's frustrating. I hate to say this but you can do everything right but people can still commit suicide," said Sheriff Michael Wade.

The jail staff takes measures to keep inmates from harming themselves and wade says they did with Brian as well.

"I don't know what else could have been done," said Wade.

One thing is for sure - the Fried family still has a lot of concerns and questions.

"I mean we'll look over it, more extensively next week, and see if there's anything that can be changed, and if anything can be changed, it will," said Wade.

Brian's family says they're accepting donations towards his burial. Anyone interested may call Bliley's Funeral Home, at the Staples Mill Road location, at 804-355-3800.

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