Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 14-065

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 12, 2014
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    Inmate Suicide

    Deputies discovered him unresponsive in his cell.
    • Wednesday
    • February 5, 2014
    • Time: 6:01 PM
    • Orient Road Jail


    Donald Franklin Ratliff
    DOB: 4-20-64
    Inmate at Orient Road Jail


    Update: February 11, 2014.

    Next of kin has been notified.

    Original media alert: February 5, 2014.

    On February 5, 2014 at 6:01 p.m., a male inmate at Orient road Jail, who was in general population, was observed on video entering his cell alone. At 6:16 p.m., the detention deputy making his rounds observed the inmate sitting on his bed. At 6:58 p.m., the deputy checked on the inmate and discovered him unresponsive in his cell. He was found hanging from his cell door with a bed sheet tied around his neck. CPR was performed with negatives and the inmate was then transported to Tampa General Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

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