SAN ANTONIO – UPDATE: The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of an inmate who died at the Bexar County jail after experiencing a cardiac episode.
Robert Edwards, 64, died on Sunday.
According to the BCSO, Edwards was arrested Feb. 9 and charged with theft under $2,500, which was enhanced to a state jail felony due to his criminal history.
His bond was set at $3,000.
A Bexar County inmate is dead after experiencing a cardiac episode while waiting to be transported to a local hospital, officials say.
Authorities say the 64-year-old male suffered the episode at 3:09 p.m. Sunday while waiting in the medical section of the Bexar County Adult Detention Center to be taken to University Hospital for further treatment.
Deputies and medical staff performed life-saving measures and were later relieved by San Antonio Fire Department EMS personnel.
However, the man later succumbed to his medical condition and was pronounced deceased by EMS staff, per officials.
Authorities say the inmate’s death may have been caused by existing medical conditions.
His identity has not yet been released, pending next of kin notification.
The inmate was booked Feb. 9th on a theft charge under $2,500, which was enhanced to a state jail felony due to his criminal history
His bond was set at $3,000, which means he could have bonded out for $300.
Officials say this isn’t the only time something like this has happened. In fact, a similar incident happened this past Wednesday.
Claudine Marie Parisi, 50, also suffered a cardiac arrest.
She was booked 24 hours earlier for criminal trespassing of a private property with a bond of $200, or $20.
She died days later after being placed on life support.
Officials say her death was due to natural causes and that she had an enlarged heart due to drug use.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar says though deputies are undergoing medical training, he hopes the county can find a better solution when it comes down to housing inmates.