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South Forsyth man found dead in Fulton County Jail
Incident being ruled a suicide
Shannon Thompson

A south Forsyth man who was facing several drug charges in Fulton County was found dead in his cell in the Fulton County Jail in an apparent suicide, authorities say.

Shannon Thompson, 40, who has a Forsyth-based Alpharetta mailing address, was discovered Saturday afternoon by his cellmate after the two had decided to rest, according to Tracy Flanagan, a spokeswoman for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.

“When the cellmate woke up, he saw [Thompson] hanging and notified jail personnel,” she said. “Thompson had been in jail for four days for drug charges.”

Several nurses who work at the jail performed CPR on Thompson until Atlanta Fire and Rescue arrived, who then took over.

He was later pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Thompson was arrested on Aug. 8 for possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of heroin and possession of Schedule III, I, or V controlled substance with intent to distribute, according to jail records.

He was convicted of various felony drug charges, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession and use of drug related objects in Forsyth County in 2008.

He most recently appeared in court in Forsyth for several probation violations.

Though the death has been ruled a suicide, Flanagan said the Fulton County Medical Examiner will officially determine a cause of death, per protocol.