Murder Suspect Pulled Out His Own Eyeball In Jail
A man arrested last week and charged with attempted murder managed to pluck out one of his own eyeballs while in police custody in Arizona, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.
Colin Corkhill, 26, had been alone at the Pinal County Adult Detention Center outside of Phoenix on Thursday night when jailers spotted blood on the glass window of his cell, the Associated Press reported.
When they looked inside, they found he had pulled his right eyeball out of its socket.
"PCSO jailers this past week had to deal with a gruesome discovery when they found an inmate had performed self-enucleation while in a cell in the intake area," the Pinal County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook, without identifying Corkhill by name.
The department said the inmate had previously been seen punching himself, so he was placed under mental health watch in a cell by himself.
The sheriff's office wrote:
While in the cell alone, the inmate pulled his right eyeball out of the socket with his fingers. He was taken to a local hospital but they were unable to save the eye. He is expected to survive and will be placed in a mental health facility.
There were no weapons or "other instruments" in the cell with Corkhill, the Arizona Daily Star reported.
Corkhill was arrested last week after allegedly pushing a car, believed to have been stolen, down the median of I-10 near Casa Grande, according to the Arizona Republic.
When police came to investigate, he allegedly grabbed a trooper's gun and fired it, but did not hit anyone.
He was eventually subdued with a Taser and the help of a bystander, the website reported.
In addition to attempted murder, Corkhill is facing charges of auto theft, aggravated assault and resisting arrest, AP reported.