55-year-old inmate reportedly dies in Bandera County Jail, cause of death is unknown

According to Bandera County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Matt King, an inmate at Bandera County Jail was found dead on the floor of his cell on Wednesday, May 9.


The male was arrested a day before, on May 8, for possession of a controlled substance. Chief Deputy King tells the Bandera Bulletin that there had not been a confrontation with deputies, nor did the inmate have any obvious medical concerns. It was even said that the male talked with jailers and asked them for toiletries shortly before his death.

King tells the Bandera Bulletin, “He wasn’t fighting (with anyone). There was no disturbance. It was out of the blue.”

It was reported that the inmate was in a cell by himself when he succumbed.

When jailers made one of their routine lock up area checks the male was found lying on the floor. Cheif Deputy King states that the jail staff performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man before EMS officials arrived but were unable to revive the individual.

The investigation has been turned over to the Texas Rangers, as the law mandates. Outside agencies investigate deaths of those in custody because transparency concerns dictate that another agency become involved.

An autopsy is being performed on the 55-year-old inmate in hopes to provide answers to the sudden death but it is undetermined when the autopsy results will be available.