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Notes: Family of nuclear physicist who died by suicide in Alexandria jail sues government

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The family of a man who died by suicide in the Alexandria City Jail is suing several involved government agencies after the man was denied necessary medical treatment in violation of a judge’s orders, the Washington Post reported.

Christopher Lapp, a nuclear scientist from Great Falls who allegedly robbed a bank and carjacked a vehicle in a psychotic episode in 2018, killed himself in jail in 2021. He had been undergoing treatment at a federal medical center in North Carolina, but the center defied an order from a U.S. District judge to continue the treatment. As a result, a psychiatrist in the Alexandria jail discontinued Lapp’s medications and a month later, Lapp took his own life.

Not only did the medical facility in North Carolina refuse the judge’s order to take Lapp back, but physicians at the Alexandria jail said the medical facility failed to send over Lapp’s full medical record.

The man’s 16-year-old daughter filed a lawsuit last week against the Bureau of Prisons, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Justice Department, and psychiatrist Dean Inouye for wrongful death and other violations in the month leading up to the suicide.

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