An inmate at the Horry County jail died after wrapping a seat belt around his neck, authorities said.
On Saturday, 28-year-old Abed Naqshabandi was being transported back to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center from Conway Hospital where he had been treated for a heel injury.
During the transport, which took about 25 minutes Naqshabandi wrapped a seat belt around his neck and was discovered unresponsive when they returned to the jail, according to a news release from the Horry County Coroner’s Office. EMS was called and Naqshabandi was transported to the emergency room. He died Monday in Grand Strand Medical Center at shortly before noon. An autopsy conducted Tuesday confirmed that his death was due to self-inflicted asphyxiation due to ligature compression, according to the Horry County Coroner’s Office.
Myrtle Beach police took Naqshabandi to the detention center on Aug. 28 on charges of shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance.
In accordance with Detention Center protocol regarding in-custody inmate deaths, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was contacted, responded to the incident and is conducting an inquiry into the incident.
No foul play is detected at this time. The SLED inquiry is continuing.