MIDLAND, Texas (CBSDFW/AP) – An inmate died at the Ector County Detention Center after jail staff subdued him with a stun gun, restrained his arms and legs, and locked him in a padded cell, according to an in-custody death report filed with the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

The report says Wallace Howell, 38, started fighting with another inmate when he was placed in a holding cell on June 15. When jail staff intervened, Howell “began to charge staff members,” according to the report filed by the Ector County Sheriff’s Office.

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Jail staff shocked Howell several times with a Taser then placed him in a “wrap,” which restrains a detainee’s arms and legs, and moved him to a padded cell, where he was found unresponsive at 6:15 a.m., according to the Midland Reporter-Telegram. He was pronounced dead at 7:13 a.m.

The report did not list a cause of death for Howell. The autopsy results have not yet been released to the Ector County Sheriff’s Office.

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Howell is the second inmate to die at the Ector County Detention Center this year.


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