FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Dynamic Plaques - FVT Plaques
FVT Plaques is introducing new dynamic plaques to recognize police and sheriff's...

Top News

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.


Comments (7)

Displaying 1 - 7 of 7

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

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Man Charged with Trying to Kill PA Officer
Police say, Racine resisted arrest by wrestling with the officer, attempting to stab the...
Video: OH Officer Donates Kidney to Brother in Blue
Toledo, OH, police sergeant Bill Cashen went above and beyond the call of duty this month...
2 Maine Officers Seriously Injured in Boat Crash while Searching for Missing Woman
Two Fryeburg, ME, police officers were seriously injured Saturday in a boat crash while...
Search Continues for Man Suspected of Shooting 2 GA Officers
The search for a suspect accused of shooting two College Park, GA, officers is continuing...
MO Man Accused of Profiting from Fake Police Memorial Fund
According to Attorney General Josh Hawley, Terry Lemons told donors that he was raising...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine