Harris County Sheriff’s Office jailer dies after altercation with inmate

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HOUSTON - Another death in a county jail. This time, not an inmate, but a detention officer who died in the line of duty.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old officer Tronoski Jones, who joined the department in 2011, died after getting into an altercation with an uncooperative and combative inmate.

It's unclear how everything happened, but it is believed the inmate was being transported back to his cell.

"We have no indication of any outward injury as a result of the conflict with the inmate," Sheriff Ron Hickman said during a press conference, Thursday.

The department says right now it looks like Jones died of natural causes, but they are still waiting on the official autopsy report.

Sheriff Hickman said "an investigation will follow. We'll be treating this as any other situation, like a homicide scene and collecting as much evidence as possible."

The sheriff has shown support on social media, asking the community to be in prayer for those suffering from the tragic loss, as we wait to find out exactly how this jailhouse tragedy unfolded.

"The loss of detention officer Jones is felt throughout the ranks of the Harris County Sheriff's Office and our extended law enforcement community," Sheriff Hickman stated.

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