Prison employee dies by suicide at Nevada facility

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PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) - The operator of a private detention center in southern Nevada says an employee died by suicide Tuesday at the facility.

Operator CoreCivic on Wednesday disclosed the death at the Nevada Southern Detention Center in Pahrump. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the Nye County sheriff's office is investigating.

The facility houses federal inmates awaiting trial, including rancher Cliven Bundy.

The newspaper reports staff at the detention center found the man's body after a fire alarm went off Tuesday evening. It was a false alarm. Emergency personnel pronounced the man dead at the scene.

The Clark County coroner's office will determine the official cause of death.

CoreCivic was previously known as the Corrections Corporation of America. It owns and operates prisons and detention centers across the country.

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