Inmate found hanging in RSW cell

Law enforcement is looking into the death of an inmate at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

A release from the jail dated Monday states that Leon Joseph Cominsky, 55, of Martinez, Georgia, was found hanging in his cell and unresponsive on Saturday morning. Cominsky was transported to Warren Memorial Hospital, then Winchester Medical Center. The release states that he died about 24 hours later at 11:37 a.m. Sunday.

Cominsky was being held on charges of driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, a felony hit and run and a felony assault on law enforcement from Shenandoah County. Court records state that his DWI charge was dismissed and that he pleaded not guilty to the other four charges in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on April 13. His last court date listed was a jury hearing on June 9.

The release states that he has traffic-related charges in Staunton and Augusta counties and malicious wounding and reckless driving charges in Rockingham County.

Cominsky was accused of fleeing from a Shenandoah County deputy who stopped him on May 15, 2015. Pennsylvania State Police arrested Cominsky in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, days later.

After incarceration at the jail on June 2, 2015, the release states that Cominsky traveled between RSW, Middle River Regional Jail and Rockingham jails before returning to RSW on April 28.

Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron said investigation into Cominsky’s death is underway.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com

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