Family of prisoner who died in Nueces County Jail sues county, jailers

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The family of a prisoner who died in Nueces County Jail two years ago is suing the county and several jailers, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.

John Flood, attorney for the family of Daniel Carrillo, told the newspaper the federal lawsuit seeks at least $1 million for his death, which occurred after the 27-year-old was shocked with a Taser on March 5, 2018, in the jail. 

The lawsuit says that Carrillo was diagnosed with a host of mental disorders and that his mental health declined while he was in the jail. The suit states that two weeks before his death, Carrillo told his father, Armando Carrillo, that “he was experiencing withdrawals due to not having access to Xanax because he was placed on lockdown and not administered his medication.” 

On March 3 and 4, Carrillo pulled off his clothes and threw his belongings, kicking his cell and screaming. He also blocked his cell door with his mattress to keep jailers from entering, the lawsuit states.

The filing alleges that jailers Oliver Buendia, Veronica Garcia, Jesus Galvan, Jose Rodriguez and supervisor Lt. Thomas Lowke eventually entered the cell and beat Carrillo, pinning him to the floor and using the stun gun on his back. Medical personnel found him unresponsive soon afterwards. 

“Misuse of the Taser” was alleged to be the “proximate cause of Carrillo’s sudden cardiac arrest,” the newspaper reported.

The lawsuit also says jailers made a false report claiming Carrillo had been fighting with the four guards before he was subdued. The Caller-Times noted that Buendia and Lopez were indicted in June 2019 on third-degree felony charges for tampering with government records in an unrelated incident from July 2018.

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