Cameron County inmate dies in hospital

BROWNSVILLE — The Texas Rangers are investigating the Tuesday morning death of Cameron County inmate Gabriel Angulo Rivera, 43 from Harlingen, while receiving medical attention at Valley Regional Medical Center.

According to Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio, Rivera became ill Tuesday while at the Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center and was transferred to the hospital, where the inmate was described as having become erratic.

Lucio reported the inmate was then sent back to the jail due to his behavior, and his condition continued to worsen. Rivera was once again taken to the hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Pl. 2 Jonathan D. Gracia.

The cause of death is still undetermined and under investigation, according to Lucio.

Rivera was most recently incarcerated on March 21 for child support violations, DWI and failure to appear charges, according to authorities. He had a previous history that included aggravated assault, assault-family violence, assault causing bodily injury, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana, Lucio said.

“I’d like to express my condolences to the family. It’s unfortunate that something like that happened. I don’t know the cause, and we won’t know it probably until a few days or weeks,” Lucio said in a press conference yesterday.