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Inmate commits suicide at Wake jail

Posted March 27, 2014

Max Felton Mitchell

— A man who rammed his pickup truck into a police car and resisted arrest after a domestic dispute last month committed suicide on Saturday while incarcerated at the Wake County jail.

Max Felton Mitchell, 53, handed a detention officer a note, and once the officer realized it was a suicide note, took off after Mitchell, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said. Mitchell ran up a flight of stairs as the officer chasing him radioed for help, and jumped head first after reaching the top.

The incident happened in under a minute, said Harrison, who added Mitchell was not on suicide watch nor had any red flags that he knew of.


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  • JEIAKC Mar 28, 2014

    Do your research and you will discover the direct connection between keeping folks incarcerated and the receipt of federal money. An incarcerated person gets more money from the feds than a child in school!

  • Kristin Byrne Mar 28, 2014
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    On the contrary...he has an extensive record dating back to 1990 that includes assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.



  • Bobby Medlin Mar 28, 2014
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    Dorothy Dix was shut down show so the Elite could have some where to was poetic. They should have been adding wings to that facility. Mental health is going unchecked in this state.

  • outhousecat Mar 28, 2014

    Statistically, most men who commit suicide in jail are normally law-abiding, employed people who suddenly find themselves involved in the criminal justice system (think dui's, misd. drug violations, etc). They sober up and realize they are in jail and their reputations are ruined. Seeing no way out, humiliated, facing the upcoming court date, etc. They take the irrational way out and kill themselves to spare the embarrassment and pain. Just out of curiosity, I went to the nc doc website and looked this guy up. He had no criminal history. Maybe if he had been allowed to sign himself out of jail and continue on with his life, he wouldn't be dead today. But the jails are too busy being revolving doors for career criminals to worry about normally lawful citizens who come into contact with the criminal justice system. Shame.

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Mar 28, 2014

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    Based on the WCSO and detention center track record I know they would be in safer hands.

    No one has ever died at my house plus I run a tight ship. I would make them walk the line. Plus I have the human emotion of compassion. Govt employees only focus on if they can or cannot do something not whether they should or should not.

    The man was not under watch despite the circumstances surrounding the alleged crimes and his obvious need for evaluation. So the question now is why not Donnie?

  • less_govt_is_better_govt Mar 27, 2014

    Oh my.

    Prayers to the family of the man. He obviously needed help.

    Perhaps we should spend more $$ on mental health instead of a big fancy jail for the sheriff to try and fill for good numbers for his reelection campaign