A gun suspect who hanged himself in a Bronx court holding pen earlier this month died from his injuries eight days later, bringing the city Department of Correction’s custody death count this year to nine, officials say.
Antonio Bradley, 28, was at Bronx Supreme Court on June 10 for an appearance on felony firearm charges when he used a sweatshirt to tie a noose around his neck and hanged himself in his cell, correction union officials said.
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The DOC captain on duty discovered him, called for backup, and with help from some correction officers, cut him down, performed CPR and used a defibrillator to revive him, according to the department and a rep for the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association.
When Bradley was transported to the hospital, he was still breathing and had a pulse. But Saturday, he succumbed to his injuries, according to COBA and the DOC.
Three days before he died, the DOC had granted Bradley compassionate release, which is why the agency didn’t record the fatality as a death in custody or alert the press about his passing, as would be customary in those cases.
But considering the injuries that led to Bradley’s death happened while he was in custody, the agency’s death toll now stands at nine — six of which happened in the past two months.
Two of the detainees who died in DOC custody after hanging themselves in 2021, Tomas Carlo Camacho and Anthony Scott, suffered similar injuries as Bradley and were both granted compassionate release before they died. The Board of Correction still counts the deaths as in-custody fatalities.
On Monday and Tuesday, two detainees died within less than 48 hours of each other. Abilan Carrasquillo, 39, died of a possible drug overdose while Albert Drye, 50, succumbed at the Bellevue Hospital Prison Ward. The city Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has yet to make an official ruling in the deaths.
The DOC has been fighting in court to stave off a federal receivership and has until November to show it is making progress on a plan to fix longstanding issues at the jail.
Commissioner Louis Molina issued a statement about Bradley’s passing, saying it is “very disheartening” to hear about his death.
“This is a devastating loss to all those who loved him. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to his family and all those he held dear,” Molina said.