Brown County Sheriff's officials released further details Tuesday afternoon of the in-custody death of a female Brown County Jail inmate, who earlier Tuesday was reported to have been abusing industrial strength "ultra duster" as a means of becoming intoxicated.
Sheriff Bobby Grubbs identified the woman as Courtney Ruth Elmore, 33.
According to a press release from Grubbs' office:
Brownwood police arrested Elmore at Walmart around 7 a.m. Tuesday on a charge of "possession, use, inhale, or ingest of a volatile chemical."
"Ultra duster" is canned air and is designed to be used to dust off computers and other electronic devises.
Elmore was intoxicated upon being booked into the Brown County Jail, but was able to answer questions related to personal information. Elmore was showered and placed into a holding cell with another female inmate. This inmate reported to officers that she and Elmore had general conversations about being in jail.
Around 9 a.m., jailers checked on Elmore and she appeared to be OK and sleeping. At 9:13 a.m., a jailer watching the holding cell on a live video feed saw Elmore fall to the floor from a seated position. Jailers responded to the cell and found Elmore was not breathing and had no pulse.
CPR as well as a defibrillator were utilized as rescue efforts on Elmore while Guardian EMS was en route. Elmore was transported by Guardian to Brownwood Regional Medical Center. Elmore was pronounced dead after attempts by the emergency room staff to revive her where unsuccessful.
Sheriff's investigator Scott Bird and Texas Ranger Jason Shea are continuing an investigation by reviewing jail video and interviewing witnesses in relation to Elmore’s condition while in the jail.
Elmore’s body will be delivered to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. At this time no official cause of death has been determined.
"At this point the investigation is still ongoing," Grubbs said. "It appears it was handled properly in the jail as best I can determine."