Travis County inmate dies at hospital after ‘medical distress’


AUSTIN (KXAN) – A man taken into custody for criminal trespass and mischief was pronounced dead at the hospital hours later after, what the Travis County Sheriff’s Office called, ‘medical distress.’

Eric Lee Ray, 53, from Austin was found on Tulare Drive trying to gain illegal entry to a family member’s home around 12:15 a.m. Monday.

While being processed at Travis County Central Booking, Ray suffered the distress. He was taken UMC Brackenridge by Austin-Travis County EMS and was declared dead at 2:26 a.m.

According to an official release by TCSO, there is no evidence of foul play. The Medical Examiner’s Officer is doing an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

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