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(NEW YORK) — With the Baltimore Police Department acknowledging that its probe into Freddie Gray’s death won’t be ready by Friday as initially promised, The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Gray may have tried to hurt himself while in custody, based on the account of a prisoner who shared a police transport van with him.

The Post, citing an investigative document, said that while the prisoner was separated from Gray by a metal partition, he allegedly heard Gray “banging against the walls” of the van.

The newspaper, which did not reveal the identity of the prisoner, said the inmate expressed the view that Gray “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” although it is unclear whether there is any additional evidence that supports his account.

Gray suffered a severed spinal cord, among other injuries, during his arrest earlier this month. The city’s coroner said the injuries led to Gray’s death a week later.

An investigation continues to uncover the circumstances of how Gray actually received his injuries. The six police officers who made the arrest have been suspended with pay.

Jason Downs, one of the attorneys representing the Gray family, said the family had not been told of the prisoner’s comments to investigators that were obtained by The Post.

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