This week, York County Coroner Sabrina Gast officially ruled the death of York County Detention Center inmate Joshua Grose a suicide.
Grose, 32, was in custody the York County jail back in October, after allegedly murdering his stepmother and his mother before severely assaulting his uncle October 19.
Grose died the morning of October 21 after trying to drown himself in a jail toilet and repeatedly beating a his helmeted head against a glass wall in a restraint chair. In video shown to members of the media in November, Grose was combative with officers, repeatedly ‘planking’ his arms and legs and attempting to bite jailers as they placed him in the restraint chair.
In the 90-minute video that was not publicly released, Grose violently launched his restraint chair into a cell window before rendering himself unconscious. Paramedics were twice called to the jail to examine his injuries. The second time, he remained unconscious and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. He was later pronounced dead at Piedmont Medical Center.
Tuesday, Gast ruled Grose’s death a suicide, citing blunt force trauma to the head as the cause of death. Toxicology results were not immediately available.
“This is consistent with information we provided the day Mr. Gorse died and also with the results of our internal investigation,” York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris said. “Despite the best heroic efforts of our officers to protect Mr. Gorse, there was no way to prevent him from committing suicide.
In the November press conference, sheriff’s attorney Kris Jordan explained how jailers used creative methods to restrain Grose’s head to his chest — including using zip ties between the grille of a helmet and the straps of the chair and inserting towels between his back and the back of the chair.
“Every day is a learning effort — everything we do, we try to learn from it. Whether it’s good or bad,” Faris said. “We are looking at different ways to protect inmates if they are self-destructive like Mr. Gose was.”