Rangers investigating death at Polk County Jail

POLK COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Rangers are investigating an in-custody death that that occurred Thursday morning at the Polk County Jail.

“We are praying for her and her family at this difficult time,” Sheriff Kenneth Hammack said. “The investigation by the Rangers will be thorough.”

The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 8:30 a.m., Polk County Jail staff discovered a female inmate unresponsive in her cell. Jail staff immediately started CPR and contacted emergency personnel.

The inmate was transported to CHI St. Luke’s Hospital, where 60-year-old Susan Williams from Livingston, was pronounced deceased.

An autopsy is being conducted at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

Jail records show that Williams was being held on charges of resisting arrest, search or transport; assault by contact.

Hammack said there were no signs of trauma when the inmate was discovered slumped on a bunk.