Report: Brazos County jail inmate dies from natural causes

Published: Aug. 25, 2017 at 2:54 PM CDT
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The following is a news release from the Brazos County Sheriff's Office:

On Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at approximately 7:15 p.m., an inmate in the Brazos County Jail, 53 year old Darryl Gustavis Williams from Bryan, Texas, was transported from the jail to CHI St. Joseph’s Hospital to be treated for a medical emergency. Mr. Williams was treated at the hospital, but did not recover. He was pronounced dead at 5:39 p.m. on Thursday, August 24.

Mr. Williams had been arrested by the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office on May 18, 2017 and was serving 180 days for a Writ of Commitment.

Initial reports indicate that Mr. Williams made a request to the officer in his dormitory to change bunks shortly after 7:00 pm. The request was approved and Williams had begun packing his personal items to be moved. Within minutes Williams laid down on his bunk and another inmate in the dormitory summoned the officer for assistance. The officer responded and noticed that Williams did not appear to be well. Facility medical personnel were summoned and conducted an evaluation of Mr. Williams. Medical personnel made the decision to call Bryan EMS. Bryan EMS arrived and conducted their evaluation, began treatment, then transported him to the hospital.

The Brazos County Sheriff’s Office has initiated an internal investigation into the incident, and the Texas Rangers are conducting an independent investigation of the incident. Initially there are no indications or manifestation of trauma. This morning an autopsy was conducted by the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office in Austin, Texas, preliminary results indicate that the manner of death is Natural Causes.

The Texas Jail Commission has been notified, as required by state statute. A Custodial Death Report will be forwarded to the Texas Attorney General. These investigations are standard procedure following a custodial death.