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Police officer charged with shooting escort tries to hang self in jail

A Florida Atlantic University police officer, accused of shooting an escort and leaving her paralyzed, is in the hospital this morning, after he tried hanging himself at the Palm Beach County Jail, a sheriff's office spokesman said.

Jimmy Dac Ho, 47, is at Wellington Regional Medical Center, listed in serious condition after he was found by Palm Beach County Jail personnel around 5 a.m. today. Sheriff's Office spokesman Eric Davis could not immediately specify what he used to try to take his life.

A deputy is at Wellington Regional with Ho, Davis said.

Ho responded to an online ad under the "escorts" section on Monday. But something went wrong between the two, and the escort ended up handcuffed by Ho, before she was shot once in the abdomen and once in her neck.

After his arrest by Boynton Beach police, FAU Police placed Ho under administrative leave on Tuesday, but by the end of the day, Ho resigned.

Ho is charged with attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Sheri Carter, 29, of Boynton Beach, and was ordered held without bond Wednesday.

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Krista Marx also ordered that Ho undergo a mental health evaluation and that he have no contact with the victim or her family.

Ho told police the shooting took place because he was scared that Carter was trying to rob him, according to the arrest report. He said that he handcuffed her when he thought she was going to use a knife. When he tried to take the handcuffs off, she struggled and he shot her in the abdomen, according to the report.

"He said that he remembered a second shot, which struck her in the neck," the detective detailed in the report.

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