Fresno County Jail inmate who attacked officer hangs himself

A Fresno County Jail inmate who attacked a correctional officer with a jail-made weapon Saturday has taken his own life, Sheriff Margaret Mims announced Tuesday night.

At a hastily called news conference at sheriff's headquarters, Mims said Daniel Martin Telles, 27, was found hanging from a bookcase in his jail cell about 1:05 p.m. Tuesday. Jail officials also found a suicide note, but Mims declined to release details of what the note said. He was the sole occupant of the cell.

On Saturday, the correctional officer was conducting a cell check around 3:30 p.m. when Telles reached out from his cell and stabbed the officer behind his left ear.

Telles was quickly restrained and the officer – who had been working in the jail only since March – was transported to Community Regional Medical Center for treatment. He did not need stitches, and later returned to the jail, a sheriff's official said.

Telles was moved away from the jail’s general population and mental health staff evaluated him for suicidal tendencies, Mims said. He didn’t exhibit anything to show he was at risk of hurting himself.

Mims said that jail officials try their best to reduce instances of suicide by checking on inmates constantly and checking for jail-made weapons.

Telles’ suicide was the ninth in the county jail since 2010.

In February, Fresno police arrested Telles, a known Bulldog gang member, after he allegedly pointed a handgun at two people in a car near Maple and Illinois avenues in southeast Fresno, and then refused to drop the gun when he was confronted by officers, who then opened fire.

The sheriff’s office said Saturday that Telles has been in and out of the jail numerous times dating back to 2006.