Bi-State Jail inmate suffers medical emergency, dies at local hospital

Bi-State Jail
Courtesy — Bowie County Sheriff’s Office

TEXARKANA — The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the death of an inmate in the Bi-State Jail that occurred on May 20.

The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office says that 55-year-old Paul Edwin Schmidt suffered a medical emergency while being detained at the Bi-State Jail for possession of marijuana under two ounces.

According to the sheriff’s office, Schmidt, who had visible injuries to his face with both eyes being bruised when he was arrested, collapsed in the floor of the jail and was attended to by jail medical staff. An ambulance was called and lifesaving efforts by the jail medical staff, Life Net personnel, and Texarkana Arkansas Fire Department personnel continued until his departure from the Bi-State Jail.

The sheriff’s office says that Schmidt was admitted to the Wadley Regional Medical Center, but he passed away at approximately 4:04 a.m. on May 21.

Texas Ranger Joshua Mason responded to assist the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation into Schmidt’s death. Justice of the Peace Nancy Talley ordered an autopsy, which will be conducted by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas.

Schmidt’s family has been notified of his passing, the sheriff’s office says.

Schmidt was arrested on May 19 after sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to 101 West Redwater Boulevard in reference to a disturbance. The sheriff’s office says they spoke with Schmidt on that day and he was traveling with another male, and the two had been involved in an argument that led to law enforcement contact. An investigation revealed Schmidt had been assaulted at an area hotel a couple days prior.