Gage County Inmate Suspected of Faking Medical Emergency

BEATRICE – An inmate of the Gage County Jail who was taken to the emergency room for medical treatment, is now suspected of having faked a medical condition.

Authorities say Brady Murray is suspected of false reporting and obstruction of government operations, and reports have been turned over to the Gage County Attorney’s office for the filing of formal charges.

Sheriff Millard Gustafson says corrections officers, Beatrice Fire and Rescue EMS personnel and Beatrice Police responded to an incident Thursday night at the jail, at around 8:44 p.m.  Inmate Brady Murray was taken to Beatrice Community Hospital where he was examined by medical personnel, treated and released back to the detention center.

Investigators reviewed jail video surveillance and interviewed witnesses, discovering that it appears there was no medical emergency involving Brady.  Gustafson says witnesses indicated that Murray had been acting normally prior to the incident, and allegedly made statements that he knew how to get corrections officers to come to his cell.  The witnesses told investigators that Murray acted like he fell, struck a dinner table with his hands, then slumped to the floor.

A corrections officer who responded checked Murray…and when he didn’t respond, summoned an ambulance.  After investigating, authorities said there was no emergency situation and following a brief lockdown, normal corrections operations resumed.

No inmates or staff members were injured.   Murray has been in custody on a protection order violation.