KFDM learns inmate death under investigation in Jefferson County

Investigators are trying to learn what caused the death of a prisoner from the Stiles Unit who died at a hospital.

Justice of the Peace Brad Burnett tells KFDM the 45-year-old inmate died Monday night at the Medical Center in Port Arthur.

He ordered an autopsy.

The TDCJ hasn't released the name or hometown of the inmate.

Burnett says staff from the Stiles Unit told him they called an ambulance after the prisoner began "acting strangely in his cell, banging the wall."

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