Sebastian County Inmate Found Unresponsive, Transported to Local Hospital


By Tammy Moore Teague

This afternoon, Thursday, November 29 at approximately 2:15 p.m., Lewis Shores, 19, of Fort Smith was found unresponsive in his cell at Sebastian County Adult Detention Center.

The sheriff’s office said Shores was in an isolated cell by himself and was found with a plastic bag over his head. CPR was administered by detention personnel. Fort Smith EMS transported Shores to Baptist Hospital in Fort Smith.

At the time of this release Shores is still alive, but his condition is grave and very serious. We reached out to Captain Pevehouse with the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office at 7:30 p.m., Thursday evening, and there has been no reports on updates regarding Shores condition.

The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Arkansas State Police, Criminal Investigations Division. That agency will be handling the investigation. Additionally, the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal review in relation to jail policies.

Shores was in jail for Aggravated Residential Burglary and Theft of Property. He also has pending charges out of Logan County.

*photo courtesy of the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office

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