Smith County inmate dies after being removed from life support

Smith County inmate dies after being removed from life support

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Smith County Sheriff's Office:

Today just prior to 11:00 am, Inmate Quincy Butler was removed from life support at a local hospital. Quincy Butler subsequently expired as a result of his previous injuries. Smith County Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Quincy Beavers held an inquest and ordered an autopsy to be conducted at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas. 

Per standard Smith County Sheriff's Office protocol, the Texas Rangers are conducting an independent investigation into this death. No further information is available at this time. 


On November 8, 2017, at approximately 1:25 pm, a Smith County Inmate was located by a Detention Officer inside a side cell hanging from a ligature. A Code Blue (medical emergency) was called notifying medical and additional personnel to the area of the jail where the incident occurred.A side cell is a cell designed to house a single inmate. The inmate was cut down from the ligature immediately and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation CPR was initiated. Emergency Medical Services and the Tyler Fire Department responded and continued lifesaving efforts. The inmate was transported by EMS to a local hospital where he is listed in very critical condition. 

The inmate has been in the Smith County Jail since November 2,
2017 and had been in court today. The inmate was segregated in a side cell due to his being a danger to other inmates. The inmate was also on suicide watch due to answers recorded during his initial booking which indicated he was a suicide risk. He was on a required ten-minute observation and had been checked nine minutes prior to being observed hanging. 

The Texas Commission on Jail Standards and Texas Rangers have been notified which is standard protocol for the Smith County Jail.