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An Inmate in Coryell County Jail in Gatesville, Texas, Dies After an Altercation with Jailers

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
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In Coryell County Jail in Gatesville, Texas, Kelli Leanne Page, a 46-year-old female inmate, died on Sunday morning, October 8, 2017. She reportedly “slipped out of consciousness” after a scuffle with two jailers. The two jailers who were allegedly involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave. In the meantime, there is an investigation into the incident being conducted by the Texas Rangers F Company.

According to Mark Wilcox, Coryell County Chief Deputy, at about 8:35 a.m. on Sunday, jailers responded to Page’s cell because she had been banging and beating on her door. The jailers first tried to subdue Page verbally. When this was unsuccessful, a standard-issue pepper spray was used on Page. This reportedly failed to stop her commotion.

The jailers then entered the cell, after which an altercation immediately began. Authorities say Page managed to secure a pair of handcuffs from a jailer. One of the jailers suffered non-life threatening injuries during the altercation. Page lost consciousness after being restrained.

The jailers tried to give Page CPR. This was continued by the county emergency medical services a short time later, but the effort was unsuccessful. Coryell County Justice of the Peace Coy Latham pronounced Page dead. Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas will perform an autopsy.

The jailer who was injured received medical attention at Coryell Memorial Hospital and was later released.

This is the second time an inmate has died in a correctional facility in Coryell County this year, the first being the custodial death of Shana Tedder, who died following an altercation with a fellow inmate at Crain Unit, a female prison.

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