WAXAHACHIE — An inmate in the Wayne McCollum Detention Center died Saturday morning.

Ellis County Sheriff Chuck Edge confirmed the deceased to be Jonathan Wilson. Though arrest reports have not yet been provided, a source close to the family stated Wilson was 19 years old and arrested for violating probation. He also had a history of drug use. The family believes the cause of death to be related to Wilson suffering cardiac arrest.

According to Edge, the Texas Rangers are leading the ongoing investigation. A cause of death has not yet been determined and the body has been sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

Edge also noted he prefers for the investigation to be led by an outside agency.

“If there was any impropriety on our part then it would look bad if we did the investigation. We always try to bring in an outside investigator,” Edge said. “We will also be running an internal investigation to check our policies and procedures to see if we did anything wrong in-house according to our policies and jail commission. We will check on that. We would always want an independent outside investigator with a situation like this.”

As of Saturday afternoon, no persons working at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Waxahachie had been placed on leave, suspended or fired, Edge confirmed. However, he stated that employees directly related to the incident could be temporarily reassigned while the investigation remains open.

“Obviously, we hope that this type of situation would not ever come up. We feel sorry for the family, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We will investigate it thoroughly as will the DPS Ranger division,” Edge added. “We will get to the bottom of what actually did occur and why it occurred, which is the biggest part. Our hearts go out to the family.”


Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith

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