A 46-year-old female inmate in the Coryell County Jail in Gatesville died Sunday morning after an altercation with two jailers, according to the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office.
Kelli Leanne Page, of Gatesville, became unresponsive after being handcuffed by officials who entered her cell following “jail violations,” according to the release. The jailers attempted CPR, which was continued unsuccessfully by county emergency medical services upon their arrival.
Page was pronounced dead by Coryell County Justice of the Peace Coy Latham. An autopsy was ordered from the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.
Jailers responded to Page’s cell in the administrative segregation unit at approximately 8:35 a.m. Sunday after Page began “beating and banging” on her cell door, according to Coryell County Chief Deputy Mark Wilcox.
Upon arrival, jailers attempted to verbally subdue Page, which was unsuccessful, the release said. The jailers then used standard-issue pepper spray on Page, which had no effect.
The jailers then made entry into the cell and attempted to restrain Page. In an altercation immediately following the entry, Page secured a jailer’s pair of handcuffs and left one of the jailers with non-life threatening injuries, officials said.
Page was then restrained and slipped out of consciousness.
The injured jailer was taken to the Coryell Memorial Hospital and later released.
Page was being held in the jail following a narcotics raid in May, Wilcox said. He did not specify where the raid occurred or what charges Page was being held on.
Wilcox said the two jailers involved in the incident were placed on paid administrative leave as an investigation by the Texas Rangers F Company is ongoing.
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. David Roberts confirmed Wednesday the Rangers were investigating the incident. Ranger Adam Russell, stationed in Killeen, is heading the probe.
This is the second death in a Coryell County correctional facility this year.
On June 9, corrections officer Shana Tedder died after an altercation with an inmate in the Crain female prison unit in Gatesville. The Crain Unit, a state penitentiary, holds all custody levels of offenders except death row, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark.