Inmate dies after medical emergency at Hays County Jail despite lifesaving efforts, sheriff says

HAYS COUNTY, Texas – An inmate being held at the Hays County Jail has died after suffering a medical emergency, according to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident happened around 4:58 p.m. Tuesday when James Warren Knight, 41, from Dripping Springs, had an unexpected medical emergency.

He was evaluated by jail officials before being taken to an area hospital. Despite lifesaving efforts from hospital staff, Knight died around 5:59 a.m. Wednesday.

Authorities don’t suspect foul play, but autopsy results for Knight are still pending.

Knight was being held in the jail on multiple charges, which include the following:

Resisting arrest/search or transport — a Class A misdemeanor
Unlawful carrying of a weapon — a Class A misdemeanor
Criminal mischief — a Class B misdemeanor
Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — a second-degree felony
Violation of protective order — Class A misdemeanor
Tampering with ID number — Class A misdemeanor
Charge out of Austin for possession of child pornography — a third-degree felony

The incident is under investigation by Texas Rangers. Further details are limited.


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