On October 20, 2016 an inmate who was just finishing lunch and getting ready to be released from jail was found unresponsive in his cell. A medical emergency was called and despite life saving measures being taken he was pronounced deceased at 3:41pm.

He was identified as,

Dennis Rogers, 46 years of age, who was a transient in the Austin area. Rogers had been in custody since October 14, 2016 when he was arrested by the Austin Police Department for Criminal Trespass. He had just been sentenced to 10 days in jail earlier on October 20, 2016 and was due to be released after being given credit for time served.

The Major Crimes Unit and the Internal Affairs Unit of the Sheriff’s Office, along with the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office, responded to begin the investigation into the death, which is standard practice in these cases.

While the autopsy report will not be finalized for several weeks pending toxicology reports detectives stated that there was no indication or evidence of traumatic injury or foul play. According to the ME’s Office the early examination indicates the cause of death is natural causes.

Note: This is the third death in custody for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office in 2016.


Roger Wade

Senior Public Information Officer

Travis County Sheriff’s Office




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