Sheriff: Investigation underway into death of Carter Co. inmate

Thomas Perry (Source: Carter County Sheriff's Office)

CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – First District Attorney General Tony Clark, Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford and TBI special agents are investigating the death of a Carter County inmate.

Inmate Thomas Dewey Perry, Jr. was found unresponsive in his cell on Monday around 1:30 p.m. He was then taken to Sycamore Shoals Hospital, where he later died.

The Carter County Sheriff’s Office revealed he was being held on his fifth offense of driving on a revoked license, violation of probation and failure to appear.

TBI officials said the investigation is active and ongoing.

The sheriff says it is a Tennessee state law for the TBI to conduct investigations into the deaths of inmates.

Sheriff Lunceford said corrections officers found him “hanging in his jail cell.”

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