The parallel investigations into the hanging death of 32-year-old Kirk Sharp at the Aroostook County Jail have been completed. The Medical Examiner’s Office, in concert with the Maine State Police, have ruled the cause of death as hanging, and the manner of death as suicide.
Also, the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) completed their required review of the jail employees’ actions before and after the incident, as well as jail training records. MDOC reported to the Sheriff’s Office, in substance, that inmate intake forms were completed properly, that inmate checks met or exceeded jail standards, that requisite training records were in compliance and that all notifications were made according to protocols. There were no deficiencies noted in the report.
While suicides are extremely rare at the Aroostook County Jail, suicide attempts and threats are not uncommon.
Because the death occurred inside the jail, the Sheriff’s Office requested that the state police conduct the investigation into the manner and cause of death.