Thomas Kitchens, 66, of Rockport was pronounced dead in the Aransas County Detention Center Sunday, Oct. 27.

At approximately 8:22 a.m. that day detention center staff activated the 911 Emergency Protocol for an unresponsive 66-year-old male.

Kitchens was in a cell with seven other inmates. Those inmates were relocated in the facility as CPR was initiated.

The EMS responded to the scene and worked with detention center staff in an effort to revive Kitchens. Medical staff continued efforts to revive Kitchens until after 9 a.m.. At that time Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Diana McGinnis pronounced his death.

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) Texas Rangers were notified and made the scene to head up the “In Custody Death” investigation. This is in keeping with established protocol with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, who were notified, as well.

An autopsy was ordered at the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office in Corpus Christi.

Kitchens had been in the facility less than 12 hours, being brought to the detention center by the DPS for driving while intoxicated. His arrest and incarceration were without incident and (his death) appears to be nothing other than natural causes.

Next of kin were notified by the investigating Texas Ranger with staff from the Aransas County Sheriff Office after his emergency contact listed at intake, was located.

A report of the incident is being completed for the Attorney General Office as required by law and all video footage of Kitchens’ time in the facility have been turned over to the Texas Rangers.

Additional information will be released, as it is available and approved by DPS.

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