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Man suspected of killing ex-wife found dead in jail cell

REDDING, Calif. - According to the Redding Police Department, Philip Jacobs, the man who was suspected of killing his ex-wife, Bridget Jacobs, was found dead in his jail cell Wednesday. 

Redding police said around 7:16 p.m., inmates at the Shasta County Jail notified staff of an unresponsive man on the third floor of the jail. Staff responded and immediately summoned medical air as they began life-saving efforts. Efforts to save his life were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at 7:36 p.m. 

The inmate was identified as Philip Jacobs, 56. Jacobs had been incarcerated at the Shasta County Jail since March 28, 2017, when he was arrested for the murder of his wife, Bridget Jacobs, 38. 

The Redding Police Department Investigation Division initiated an in-custody death investigation. The Shasta County Sheriff's Office, Anderson Police Department, Shasta County District Attorney's Office, and the California Highway Patrol are assisting with the investigation. 

Officials report that Jacobs was alone in his cell at the time of his death. It appears as though Jacobs took his own life. Autopsy results are pending and the investigation is ongoing. 

 


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