Inmate death reported at the Kay County Detention Center

September 15, 2022 | Headlines|Police


NEWKIRK — Kari Learned, Operations Director of the Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office, has confirmed that the body of Patrick James Hansen, 40, Ponca City, has been transported to the office for an exam.

Hansen was booked in the Kay County Detention Center on July 27 and remained there until his death on Sept. 12.

Newkirk fire chief Adam Longcrier said that an ambulance responded to the jail at 9:07 p.m. for a report of an unknown medical emergency reported by jail staff. Longcrier said EMTs arrived to find jailers doing CPR on an inmate. The subject, later identified as Hansen, was transported to Alliance Health in Ponca City where he was pronounced dead. EMT’s requested a deputy respond to the hospital and the district attorney’s office was notified. 

Patrick James Hansen

On Tuesday afternoon the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation confirmed that they were investigating a death at the jail. The pending case against Hansen was dismissed in Kay County District Court on Sept. 13.

The medical examiner’s office will determine the exact cause of death, but it is believed Hansen committed suicide by hanging.

An open records request has been filed with the Oklahoma State Department of Health for recent incident reports, inmate deaths, and jail inspection reports.

This is the second inmate death reported at the jail since July (see story) and the third death since June of 2021. (see story).