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TCSO Detainee Dies in Custody

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2021

TCSO Detainee Dies in Custody

At 5:19 pm on June 9, 2021, TCSO Deputies responded to the 11900 block of Bluebonnet Ln. The 911 caller reported a naked male in the street and said the man had been physically assaulting a woman.

Deputies approached the subject, EDDIE VARGAS, 28 of Leander. He was detained using handcuffs. About a minute later, Vargas lost consciousness, but was breathing. EMS was dispatched and fire department paramedics started CPR shortly after their arrival. Deputies were informed Vargas had been using drugs.
Vargas was transported to a local hospital by EMS and died there.

An investigation by TCSO’s Internal Affairs Unit, Criminal Investigations Division (assisted by the Texas Rangers) and the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office is underway, as is customary with any death in custody. The autopsy was conducted on June 10, 2021 and the final report is pending toxicology results.
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Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer (512) 854-4986

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