BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — A man who Bastrop County authorities say was acting “irrationally” died while in police custody over the weekend.
The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office says on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 10:13 a.m., deputies responded to the intersection of Green Valley Drive and Pershing Boulevard in the Camp Swift area for reports of a man wielding a sword or machete.
When deputies arrived, they found Lorenzo Juarez, 47, holding a steel pipe. Sheriff Maurice Cook says Juarez charged at the deputies with the pipe but dropped it before reaching them.
Cook says the deputies “reported Juarez acting irrationally” so they took him into custody due to medical concerns.
When EMS arrived, Cook says paramedics had to give Juarez CPR. Juarez died at the hospital in Bastrop. An autopsy is being conducted to determine his cause of death.
The Texas Rangers is investigating the in-custody death.