Gregg County inmate tased at jail, dies in hospital

Gregg County inmate tased at jail, dies in hospital

POSTED: Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 7:23pm

UPDATED: Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 9:28am

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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if a person is tased in the chest or has heart trouble or on drugs or drunk they have a high risk of going into cardiac arrest; however, the most deaths are caused from head injuries as a result of falling due to the high voltage paralyzing and rendering the victims helpless and sometimes unconscious. Jail and prison deaths from head injuries are very high because of so much steel present in those buildings. As observed in dozens of live videos: police, deputies, correctional officers, border

Another murder that will go uninvestigated except by those who perpetrated the crime. Officers "CANT" restrain an inmate in custody. He was in a SEPARATION cell. Why not just leave him there instead of killing him. That would seem an easy choice for me. I hope the relatives file a successful law suit against these uniformed criminals, and perhaps have them justly convicted.

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