East Texas man dies while in custody

SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KETK) - A Whitehouse man died on Sunday while in police custody.

On Sunday, May 14th, shortly before 7 a.m. Tyler police were called to the Smith County Jail in response to a combative arrestee. They assisted in his booking into jail.

The man, identified as Teddy Wayne Parker, 32, of Whitehouse, was placed in a padded cell in order to keep him from hurting himself. Officers were removing his earrings at which time he began spitting on them.

A while later, authorities observed Parker turning blue in the face and was found unresponsive. A medical emergency was issued and lifesaving procedures were started. Medical authorities responded a short time later and continued live-saving operations.

Parker was deemed unresponsive upon leaving the jail. He was transported to a the hospital and placed on a ventilator.

The decision to pull him from the ventilator was made yesterday by the proper parties. His body has been sent for autopsy and a toxicology test will also be done.

Due to an in custody death occurring it is standard protocol to request an investigation by a disinterested third party law enforcement entity that has jurisdiction in issues such as this. This investigation has been turned over to the Texas Rangers.

KETK will continue to keep you updated as more information is released.

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