LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - Texas Rangers and the Livingston Police Department are investigating the death of a 39-year-man who hanged himself in an LPD holding cell early Tuesday morning after he was involved in a near- head on collision and detained on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
After EMS personnel were called to the Livingston Police Department to check on Shawn Shanks, Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Larry Whitworth pronounced Shanks dead at the scene, according to a press release. Livingston City Attorney James Wright said that an autopsy will be conducted by the Harris County Medical Examiners Office.
Wright said the investigation into Shanks' death is still ongoing. He said the city will also have to notify the Texas Attorney General's Office.
According to the press release, officers with the Livingston Police Department were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash the 1600 block of West Church Street at approximately 11:02 p.m Monday. When the officers investigated the wreck, they learned that one of the drivers fled the scene on foot.
Officers found Shanks, who had recently moved to Livingston from Idaho, hiding near a creek that was short distance from the accident scene. They detained Shanks for fleeing the seeing and on suspicion of DWI and transported him to the LPD, where they placed him in a temporary holding cell.
At that point, the on-duty LPD officers went back to the accident scene to continue their investigation, the press release stated. When they returned to the police department they found that Shanks had apparently hanged himself.