State investigators are looking into what caused the death of an inmate at the Fort Bend County Jail, who died in June at a nearby hospital, according to a report sent to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office.
Albert Ramirez, 57, was facing an aggravated robbery charge and had been in the Fort Bend County Jail since February 2020, according to the report. Ramirez was transported to the hospital on June 4 because of failing health and would later die on June 13 after his condition further declined, according to the report.
Investigators with the Fort Bend County Medical Examiner’s Office have initially determined Ramirez died of natural causes, but have not yet received laboratory analysis, according to the report.
It’s fairly typical for the Texas Rangers to investigate any in-custody death that happens in county jails, said Sgt. Stephen Woodard, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety, which oversees the Rangers.
“The majority of sheriff’s offices will have rangers investigate those, for that outside investigation integrity piece,” Woodard said.
Deputies with the sheriff’s office are assisting in the investigation at the request of the Texas Rangers, said Jacqueline Preston, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office.
Ramirez was diagnosed with liver disease the year before his most recent booking, according to the report.