Penner dies at St. Charles after being found attempting to commit suicide in the Deschutes County Jail

31-year old Brian Penner of Bend died yesterday morning after attempting to commit suicide Sunday night at the Deschutes County Jail. According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened just before 9 pm when Penner was discovered by another inmate in the shower. Corrections staff and the corrections nurse responded to Penner and began life-saving measures until medics from Bend Fire arrived. Penner was taken to St. Charles in Bend where he died. An investigation into the incident is underway. Penner was being held in jail for violating a restraining order against 24-year-old Sarah Gomez, who has been missing since February 20th. Authorities are now relying on the community to help find Sarah.


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