Teen dies in custody; Texas Rangers asked to investigate

Texas Rangers have been asked to investigate an in-custody death after a teens's arrest in Ochiltree County. (KVII File)

Texas Rangers are investigating the March death of a 19-year-old male detainee who died while in custody at Ochiltree County Jail, according to a news release from the county sheriff.

According to the release from Ochiltree County Sheriff Terry L. Bouchard:

  • On March 21, Zachary Keen Brown, 19, arrested by the Ochiltree County Sheriff's office on charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
  • Brown was booked into the Ochiltree County Jail.
  • Several hours after Brown was arrested, he appeared to be having some type of seizure and EMTs were immediately called to the jail.
  • While waiting on EMTs, Brown told deputies he had ingested narcotics before coming to jail.
  • Brown was treated for a drug overdose by EMTs and taken to Ochiltree General Hospital.
  • Brown's medical condition continued to destabilize at the hospital, and he was flown to Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo.

Brown died March 23 while undergoing treatment at the Amarillo hospital, according to the release.

An autopsy, ordered by Potter County Justice of the Peace Richard Herman, was performed March 27 at South Plains Forensic Pathology in Lubbock.

The Ochiltree County Sheriff's office has contacted the Texas Rangers to conduct an investigation into the death, and the investigation is ongoing, Bouchard said in his release.

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