Texas Rangers investigating in-custody death in Giddings

A 30-year-old man from Giddings died while in police custody, the chief reported this week.
Texas Rangers investigating an in-custody death in Giddings.
Texas Rangers investigating an in-custody death in Giddings.
Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 10:29 AM CDT
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GIDDINGS, Texas (KBTX) - The Texas Rangers are investigating an in-custody death that happened in Giddings Monday night. The new Giddings Police Chief Bill Weems tells us two of his officers are on paid administrative leave, which is the normal procedure as the Rangers investigate.

Police say Monday night officers were dispatched to North Madison St. and East Boundary in reference to a suspicious person. When they arrived, police say they found a man who had climbed up a tree. Officers were able to get him out of the tree but say he became combative.

Police restrained the person and EMS was called to evaluate him. Weems added in a press release the person, identified as Eseciel Flores, 30, of Giddings, remained combative during that time.

Police say Flores was taken to St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange where he was pronounced dead early Tuesday morning.

It’s unclear exactly what led up to his death.

When asked if the Flores had a medical condition or medical issue, Chief Weems said that was being looked at as part of the investigation.

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