SULPHUR SPRINGS (KYTX) - The Texas Rangers are leading an investigation in the case of a Hopkins County inmate who later died in a Tyler hospital.

Sulphur Springs Police responded Friday afternoon around 5:45 p.m. to a man kicking in a door at a residence in town, according to Chief Jay Sanders. Officers found the man, identified as Chance Tony Ross, 34, with no shirt with a 'strange behavior.'

Police say Ross charged at an officer attempting to arrest him. The officer then tased Ross but wasn't able to stop him from running off. Ross was taken into custody shortly after an on-foot pursuit and an altercation with officers.

Eleven minutes after being booked into the Hopkins County Jail, officers heard a noise from Ross' cell and found him unresponsive on the floor in cardiac arrest. He was then transported by ambulance to the Hopkins County Memorial Hospital. Crews treating Ross were able to stabilize his heartbeat, but weren't able to get him breathing on his own.

Ross was transported early Saturday to Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler where he later died Sunday afternoon. Chief Sanders says due to Texas laws, the case is being investigated as a police custody death and has been turned over to the Texas Rangers.

No word yet on what caused the inmate's death.


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