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Texas Officer Dies While Moving Inmate

August 24, 2015  | 

Detention Officer Tronoski Jones of the Harris County (Texas) Sheriff's Office was 26 years old.
Detention Officer Tronoski Jones of the Harris County (Texas) Sheriff's Office was 26 years old.

Medical examiners have ruled that heart disease killed a Harris County, Texas, jailer who died Thursday during an altercation with an inmate while moving him to another part of the jail, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Tronoski Jones, 26, died of atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease, according to a preliminary report from the Harris County Institute for Forensic Sciences posted Friday on the agency's website.

Jones's death was ruled to be of "natural causes," and not homicide or accident, the coroner's office determined.

During a news conference Thursday, Sheriff Ron Hickman praised Jones' service. He had been a detention officer almost four years.


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bill @ 8/25/2015 1:47 AM

Hopefully Texas does the right thing and straps the inmate to the electric chair.

James @ 8/25/2015 6:28 PM

I'm confused...he dies during an altercation with an inmate and it is ruled "natural causes"?

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/25/2015 6:58 PM

Gone are the days when a one on one interaction with an inmate can safely take place. Knowing that many Detention Facilities are understaffed, I can understand how it happened although that doesn't make it right. Rest in peace Officer Jones.

Leonard Mather @ 8/25/2015 7:20 PM

I am always saddened to hear of such events because they can be avoided with lifestyle changes. Tronoski has the body type appearance of the beginnings of Metabolic Syndrome. Garner in NYC had the same; sadly the Media emphasized "stories" such as his having been choked with a Choke hold. That is false. He was taken down but NOT given a choke hold. Both Garner and Tronoski encountered a physical altercation. During such an event, oxygen does not get delivered to the brain properly, along with other metabolic events leading to death. Tronoski should have known of his condition via blood work findings of A1C, LDL, triglycerides, homocysteine, HDL, CRP and electrocardiogram data. Then a dietary intervention and exercise program could have changed his life. Speaking as a Forensic Psychologist, this case exemplifies the need for our role in police work as an adjunct.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/28/2015 8:23 PM

This ruling lets the inmate completely off the hook for murder. Totally legal, murder its just not right. Proximate cause should work here.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/28/2015 8:25 PM

Sadly the victim has no one to protect his rights and all will be swept under the carpet.

MiMi @ 3/28/2016 3:58 PM

My Brother Tronoski Jones did not have a heart condition, the pepper spray only the wrestling of the i inmate killed him. He had just returned to work for full duty from under the care of workers comp for an injury to his shoulder

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