Arrestee died in VCSO custody

A man arrested for marijuana possession has died in police custody at the Victoria County Jail.

At about 12:55 a.m. on July 18, jailers observed Michael Anthony Rivera, 34, experiencing some unknown medical event in his holding cells. The medical staff summoned then called EMS.

Rivera was transported to Citizens Medical Center where the life saving measures started by EMS were continued. He was then pronounced dead by a physician at 2:28 a.m.

The Texas Rangers were immediately contacted by the Sheriff’s Office, as per standard procedure, and will be conducting an independent investigation in accordance with the state law.