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Prisoner who died during transport identified by medical examiner

Felipe Garcia, 31, was being moved from the City Detention Center to the Nueces County Courthouse when he collapsed after a medical episode, officials said.
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department are investigating the death of a man who was in law enforcement custody, officials with CCPD said. 

Just before 6 a.m. Monday, Felipe Garcia, 31, was being taken to the Nueces County Sheriff's Office from the City Detention Center where he had been for about three hours after being arrested for public intoxication, officers said. 

When the transport van arrived at the Nueces County Courthouse at 901 Leopard, the prisoner was found unconscious due to some sort of medical episode, officials said. 

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Medics were called and the prisoner was taken to a nearby hospital where he died, officials said. 

The Nueces County Medical Examiner is waiting for results of a toxicology report and other medical records in order to determine the cause of death.

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