On Tuesday night, June 11, 2013, at approximately 9:46 p.m., a jailer in the Nolan County Jail was performing routine duties in the main population area of the facility when the jailer was notified of an inmate that appeared to be in some form of medical distress. The inmate was in fact observed to be in distress and the jailer had emergency medical personnel notified immediately.
An ambulance and emergency medical personnel from the Sweetwater Fire Department were dispatched and jail personnel immediately began performing CPR life saving measures.
The Sweetwater Fire Department ambulance transported the inmate to the Emergency Room at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. After attempts to resuscitate the inmate failed, the attending physician declared the inmate deceased. County Judge Tim Fambrough and Nolan County Justice of the Peace Sharon Gardner conducted an inquest into the death and the official time of death was listed as 11:45 p.m.
The inmate’s body will be sent to Southwest Forensic Institute in Dallas for an autopsy. At this point the death appears to be of natural causes and no foul play is suspected, although the official cause and manner of death will be determined after final autopsy and inquest results are obtained.
A Texas Ranger has been requested to assist in the investigation as a normal procedure when dealing with an “in custody” death of a prisoner.
The inmate’s next of kin have been notified and the inmate was listed as 59-year-old Ruben Castillo Barrera. Barrera had been in the Nolan County Jail since March 18, 2013 on a felony DWI charge.