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Harris County Sheriff's Office
Friday November 17th, 2023 :: 04:05 p.m. CST


Man in Jail Custody Dies at Hospital

HOUSTON - A man died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023, after suffering a medical emergency in the Harris County Jail. 

Christian Rayo (aka Christian Medina Banguera), 28, was transported by the Houston Fire Department EMS to a local hospital on Nov. 16, 2023, due to a medical emergency. At approximately 3:36 p.m., he was pronounced deceased at the medical facility. 

Medina had no apparent physical injuries. He had been in jail since Jan. 8, 2023. 

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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