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A Pulaski County jail prisoner was found dead of an apparent suicide in a single-person cell Tuesday evening, according to a release from the sheriff's office. It was the lockup's first reported suicide since 2016.

Mark Peacock, 45, was found during a routine security check just before 5:30 p.m., and jail staff members immediately began lifesaving measures, the release said. The release said Peacock was found hanging in the cell.

Peacock was pronounced dead minutes later by the lockup's medical team, according to the release.

North Little Rock police documents say Peacock was arrested Sunday evening on assault charges after police entered a house at 4511 N. Magnolia St., and subdued him with a Taser. Peacock was in the process of divorcing, reports say.

Peacock smelled of intoxicants and was shouting profanities at his wife and the officers, according to the report.

While en route to a hospital for examination, Peacock made threatening statements toward officers, the report said.

At the hospital, he grabbed the shoulder of a nurse while police were adjusting his handcuffs and had an apparent seizure, after which he was "very apologetic" for his actions that night, the report said.

Peacock had been charged for misdemeanor assault on a family member and misdemeanor assault.

He was a former State Hospital clinical psychologist who had testified in murder trials up until 2016.

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