Maricopa County man takes his own life in holding cell after arrest, deputies say

A man suspected of violating a protective order and burglarizing a home took his own life after being arrested and placed in a holding cell by Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies on Sept. 18.

At around 1:40 p.m. Friday, 62-year-old Scott McKay was reportedly violating a protective order and breaking into a home. Deputies arrived to the scene and confirmed he didn't have permission to be there.

McKay was arrested on suspicion of trespassing and was placed in a holding cell at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Cave Creek substation.

As deputies were processing his paperwork, McKay reportedly took his life by self-hanging, the sheriff's office says.

Life-saving measures were attempted, but it was too late. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

"MCSO is currently conducting an administrative investigation and criminal review of the incident with support of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office," the sheriff's office said.

If you or a loved one is feeling distressed, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The crisis center provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to civilians and veterans. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 (Crisis Text Line)