Texarkana inmate dies within hours of being booked into jail

Texarkana inmate dies within hours of being booked into jail

TEXARKANA, USA (KSLA) - A Texarkana prison inmate died within hours of being booked into the lockup.

Now Texas Rangers are investigating the death of 26-year-old Juan Cordova-Sanchez, of Nash, Texas.

Texarkana, Texas, police Sgt. Geoffrey Lewis said an autopsy has been ordered.

Cordova-Sanchez died at Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas, after reportedly going into cardiac arrest and losing consciousness while in the Bi-State Justice Center jail, authorities said.

Tanner Freeman, an off-duty Texarkana, Ark., police officer, was driving in the vicinity of Texas Boulevard at New Boston Road when Cordova-Sanchez flagged him down about 1:56 a.m. Saturday, according to Texarkana, Texas, police.

Cordova-Sanchez then drove away.

Freeman, with his emergency lights and siren activated, then was following Cordova-Sanchez south on Texas Boulevard when Cordova-Sanchez called 911 and indicated to the call taker that he may be injured.

Cordova-Sanchez refused to provide any more information.

He then pulled onto a sidewalk on Texas Boulevard and entered the parking lot at Wadley Regional, where he turned around in the lot and struck another curb.

Cordova-Sanchez then got back on Texas Boulevard and headed toward Bi-State Justice Center.

Texarkana, Texas, police Sgt. Brad Thacker and Officers Jarrod Dean and Shawn Jacobs assisted in the pursuit that ended in the 100 block of Broad Street.  
Jacobs and Freeman got Cordova-Sanchez out of his vehicle, placed him in handcuffs then walked him to Bi-State Justice Center.

There, officers met jail staffers at the prison's front doors and turned Cordova-Sanchez over to them.

At 2:40 a.m. Texarkana, Texas, police were notified that Cordova-Sanchez was in cardiac arrest.

LifeNet took him from the jail to Wadley Regional.

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