BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Deputies say a man who was behind bars at the Brunswick County Jail was found unresponsive in his jail cell early this morning after an apparent suicide.
According to a news release from a sheriff’s office spokeswoman, deputies discovered Thomas Jason Holland, 28, of Ash, dead in his cell around 1:15 a.m. Arrest warrants show that Holland, who was facing several felony charges, including first-degree murder and numerous counts of breaking and entering and larceny, has been in jail since December of 2013.
Deputies say Sheriff John Ingram and District Attorney Jon David have asked the State Bureau of Investigation to conduct an investigation into Holland’s death. The release says a separate internal investigation will also be conducted at the detention center.
So far, deputies said there is no indication of foul play or policy and procedures violations.
Holland was accused of forcing his way into John Kusta’s home to try and rob him in Ash. Deputies said a fight broke out between the two, and a shot was fired from a .410 shotgun owned by Kusta. The sheriff said it appears the same gun was used by Holland to hit Kusta in the back of the head, which killed the 69-year-old.