Man Plucks Out Own Eye with Fingers While Under Arrest

Collin Corkhill
Photo: Pinal County Mugshot

On Thursday, a 26-year-old man in Pinal County, Arizona, allegedly plucked out his own right eye while under arrest for attempted murder.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office:

A 26-year-old man was booked into the Pinal County Jail by Ariz. DPS on Wednesday for Attempted Murder, Theft of Means of Transportation, Aggravated Assault and Resisting Arrest. While at the intake area, he was observed by detention staff punching himself so he was put into a cell by himself under a mental health watch. While in the cell alone, the inmate pulled his right eyeball out of the socket with his fingers. He was taken to a local hospital but they were unable to save the eye. He is expected to survive and will be placed in a mental health facility.

The Huffington Post reports that the man, Colin Corkhill, was “was arrested last week after allegedly pushing a car, believed to have been stolen, down the median of I-10 near Casa Grande.” When officers arrived to investigate, Corkhill allegedly took a policeman’s gun and shot it. Thereafter Corkhill was reportedly subdued with the help of bystanders.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that Corkhill was originally with other inmates. He was later moved to a cell by himself on Thursday and placed on “mental health watch.” This happened after “corrections officers observed Corkhill punching himself in the face.”

During a routine cell check on Thursday night officers discovered Corkhill “[lying] on the floor with his right eyeball detached from the socket.” They treated him and took him to a hospital but the eye could not be salvaged.

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