INMATE DIES AT BUFFALO GENERAL HOSPITAL FROM COMPLICATIONS OF ATEMPTED SUICIDE
December 2011-Buffalo, N.Y.-- The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the early morning death of 47 year old inmate, Lester Foster, of Buffalo, from complications he suffered when he attempted to commit suicide on December 23rd after being remanded to the Erie County Holding Center on felony DWI and related vehicle and traffic charges out of Buffalo City Court.
Mr. Foster died at around 4:00 am at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo after being taken there by ambulance December 23, 2011.
Mr. Foster was admitted to the Erie County Holding Center on December 22, 2011 at 4:30am; he was arraigned by Buffalo City Court Judge David Manz on his charges later that day and a $15,000.00 cash, bond or property bail was set.
In the early morning hours on the 23rd of December, Mr. Foster was found hanging from the bars by his jail issued uniform (pants and shirt) in his cell by a deputy who was making his required rounds.
The deputy immediately cut Mr. Foster down and an emergency response team helped resuscitate him; he was then transported to Buffalo General Hospital. All required observation checks were made and properly documented by the housing deputy.
The Erie County Sheriff’s Office preliminary investigation reveals that all Departmental and New York State Commission of Correction’s policies and procedures, including, the Justice Department’s suicide prevention guidelines spelled out in the stipulated order of dismissal were followed from the inception of Mr. Foster’s incarceration.
Mr. Foster has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1989. Some of his other convictions included an additional driving while intoxicated charge, criminal possession of a controlled substance; trademark counterfeiting; criminal contempt; grand larceny; possession of stolen property etc.
There will be no further comment at this time.