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Inmate Dies at Travis County Jail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 20, 2019

Inmate Dies at Travis County Jail

At approximately 10:20 pm on the evening of February 19, 2020, inmate RENE MARTINEZ, 44 was found unresponsive in his cell by a corrections officer who was conducting post visual checks. A post visual report less than 30 minutes earlier indicated nothing out of the ordinary.

CPR was initiated by jail personnel immediately upon the discovery of Martinez in an unresponsive state. ATCEMS took over CPR upon their arrival, but resuscitation efforts were ultimately unsuccessful and Martinez was pronounced deceased at 11:49 pm.

Martinez was booked into the Travis County Jail Tuesday, February 18, 2020, charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.

An investigation by TCSO Internal Affairs Unit, Texas Rangers, TCSO Criminal Investigation Division and the Medical Examiner’s Office is underway, as is customary with any death in custody.

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Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer
512-854-4986

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