The Delaware County Sheriff's and coroner's offices are investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate last weekend at the county jail.

The Delaware County Sheriff's and coroner's offices are investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate last weekend at the county jail.

A corrections officer discovered Dion Lee Edward Broersma, 38, hanging in his cell during an hourly check about 3:30 a.m. Nov. 28 at the jail off U.S. Route 42 in Delaware, according to a news release. The officer unsuccessfully attempted to resuscitate Broersma before medics arrived, the release states.

Broersma was booked into jail on charges of felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and domestic violence, a third-degree felony, about 4 p.m. Nov. 26 after his arrest earlier in the day, the release states.

Dispatchers sent deputies to Broersma's apartment in the 1100 block of Bayridge Drive in Orange Township after receiving a report of domestic violence shortly before 7:45 a.m. Nov. 26, according to sheriff's reports.

Broersma's girlfriend told deputies Broersma pushed her out of the residence and repeatedly slammed the front door on her arm and hand after an argument, reports said. Deputies arrested Broersma after making contact with him about 9:30 a.m. at the residence, according to sheriff's reports.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Tracy Whited said the corrections officer who discovered Broersma hanging in his cell was following the jail's policy of performing hourly checks on inmates.

If Broersma's death is ruled a suicide, Whited said it would be the first at the Delaware County jail in more than 20 years. She said the jail was the site of four attempted suicides earlier this year, six in 2014 and 10 in 2013.

Whited said the majority of the attempts involved either hanging or cutting.

Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin released a statement after the incident but declined further comment until the investigations into Broersma's death are complete.

"We are saddened for the family in the loss of their loved one," Martin said. "For some, serving time in jail is an insurmountable reality. We are committed to the ongoing safety of all inmates and staff."