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Christian Co. inmate shoots himself with jailer's gun

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Kentucky State Police say an inmate at the Christian County Detention Center shot himself with a jailer's gun in a Hopkinsville hospital emergency room.  

Troopers say around noon Saturday, 40-year-old Jeffrey Downs was transported to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for an unrelated medical issue.

KSP says as Downs was in the process of being treated by medical staff, he disarmed the deputy jailer who had escorted him to the emergency room from the jail and shot himself.  

Neither the deputy jailer nor the hospital staff sustained injury during the incident. 

KSP says Downs had been incarcerated for parole violations. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday in Louisville.

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