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Harris County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday May 16th, 2023 :: 03:24 p.m. CDT


Man Dies After Suffering Apparent Medical Emergency in Jail

May 16, 2023 - A man died Tuesday after suffering an apparent medical emergency in the Harris County Jail.  

Robert Terry, 32, asked to visit the jail clinic at approximately 6:20 a.m., and then collapsed. He was then seen by Harris Health medical staff while awaiting transport to the hospital by ambulance. He was pronounced deceased at the hospital at approximately 7:32 a.m. 

Terry had no obvious physical injuries. He had been in the jail since May 13. 

The death is being investigated by the Texas Rangers in accordance with state law that requires all jail deaths to be investigated by an outside law enforcement agency. 
The Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs Division is also investigating to determine whether all applicable policies and procedures were followed, which is standard following the death of a person in jail. The man’s cause of death will be determined by an autopsy conducted by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences. 
In addition, the death has been reported to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards. 

Harris County Sheriff's Office
1200 Baker St
Houston, TX 77002

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 713-221-6000

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