2021 | Police & Fire

Montgomery County inmate died in ‘apparent suicide’

42-year-old found unresponsive during routine security check

An inmate at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility died on Friday in an “apparent suicide,” according to police.

At approximately 7 p.m. on Friday, officers at the jail in Boyds found 42-year-old Anthony Bernard Clair unresponsive during a routine “security round,” Montgomery County police wrote in a press release Saturday.

Clair was pronounced dead at the jail.

Police did not elaborate on Clair’s cause of death.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore will conduct an autopsy.

Police did not say why Clair was an inmate at the jail.

Online court records detail a criminal history dating to 1998, including theft, drug, burglary and assault charges.

Most recently, on Jan. 27, Clair was sentenced to three years of probation for possessing drugs with the intent to distribute and possessing a loaded handgun in a vehicle, according to court records.

On Feb. 16, an arrest warrant was issued for violating probation.

Warning sides of suicide:

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

If someone exhibits warning signs of suicide:

  • Do not leave the person alone
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt
  • Call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (TALK) or
  • Montgomery County 24 Hour Crisis Center at 240-777-4000
  • Take the person to an emergency room or seek help from medical or mental health professionals

Source: Reportingonsuicide.org; Montgomery County