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Harris County Jail inmate dies after being found 'unresponsive’ in his cell, officials say

Paul Joshua Jacobs was found dead inside his cell at the Harris County Jail.
Paul Joshua Jacobs was found dead inside his cell at the Harris County Jail. (HCSO)

HOUSTON – An inmate at the Harris County Jail was found unresponsive in his cell over the weekend, officials said.

Paul Joshua Jacobs, 33, was discovered around 2 a.m. Saturday after his cellmate called the guards for help, according to authorities.

His cellmate told guards that Jacobs may have had a seizure. When the guards went to check on him, they said they found Jacobs unresponsive.

Medics were called and Jacobs was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital. Records show he had been in custody since April 28.

Jacobs was facing burglary with intent to commit another felony and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon charges when he was taken into custody in April. Court records show the robbery charge was dismissed and then refiled as the burglary charge. The burglary charge was dismissed following Jacobs’ death.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate Jacobs’ death. The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet determined a cause of death.


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