ETX inmate tased at jail, dies in hospital

POSTED: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 3:43pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 5:47pm

A Gregg County inmate died Thursday while in custody of the sheriff's department. Authorities tased Bobby Madewell, Jr., early in the morning.

At 12:40 a.m., the 51-year-old Longview man, who was housed in a separation cell at the Gregg County North Jail, began acting erratically. Officers attempted to use restraints on the inmate and tased him after he began to resist and became extremely violent, according to the Gregg County Sheriff's Office.

Madewell passed out and was immediately tended to by authorities and medical staff on duty. Longview emergency crews were dispatched to the scene and took him to a local hospital.

Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 B.H. Jameson pronounced the inmate dead at 2:09 a.m. His body has been sent for autopsy to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Texas Rangers along with the Gregg County Sheriff's Office are investigating the matter. Following the probe, all information will be turned over to the Gregg County District Attorney's Office.

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards was notified and reports will be filed with TCJS as well as the Office of the Attorney General.

Gregg County Sheriff Cerliano advised that all documents, reports, logs, and electronic recordings are under review by investigators.

Madewell had been in custody at the Gregg County Jail since his arrest by deputies on March 12, 2013. The inmate was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, bond forfeiture and has been booked into the Gregg County jail 16 times for various charges.


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Can someone/anyone explain how the Texas Rangers get involved?

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