A parish inmate in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center died from injuries sustained when he apparently hung himself in his cell over the weekend according to Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Stuart Wright.

On Oct. 8 at approximately 1 pm, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies including investigators from the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center, NPSO Criminal Investigations Bureau, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS and Natchitoches Fire Department EMS responded to reports of a medical emergency involving an inmate at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center located in the 200 block of Edwina Drive in Natchitoches, La.

Responding units arrived at the detention center within minutes, finding corrections bureau deputies performing CPR efforts on a parish jail inmate who hung himself in his cell.

The inmate identified as 50-year-old Timothy J. Gourdon of Winnfield was transported from the detention center by ambulance to the Natchitoches Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Major Roger Henson of the NPSO Corrections Bureau said Corrections Deputies while making inmate check rounds found Gourdon in his cell after he apparently hung himself with the use of a bed sheet.

Henson said Gourdon remained in the intensive care unit of Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday morning, October 11, 2022.

The body has been transported to Shreveport for an autopsy according to Natchitoches Parish Asst. Coroner Steven Clanton.

Gourdon was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center on October 5, 2022 by Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Detectives charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Criminal Damage to Property.

Bond was later set by a 10th Judicial District Judge at $10,000.00.

Detectives are still in the process of investigating the unfortunate incident and at this point no foul play is suspected.

Detectives are awaiting the final conclusion of the autopsy report.