Inmate who died at McLennan County Jail identified

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Published: May. 25, 2023 at 6:39 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - McLennan County Jail officials on Friday identified the county jail inmate who died this week in custody as 56-year-old Robert B. Dodd, of Bellmead.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace James Lee conducted an inquest in the case early Thursday morning and ordered an autopsy on Dodd, who was being housed in the jail’s medical unit, officials have said.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the death.

Major Pam Whitlock, who oversees jail operations, said Dobb was being held in a medical unit at the time of his death. Whitlock said Friday that Dodd’s family has been notified of his death.

According to county records, Dodd has been jailed since April 3 on aggravated assault against a public servant and terroristic threat against a police officer charges.

An arrest affidavit alleges he walked in to the lobby of the Bellmead Police Department on April 3 and said he was there to “kill everyone.”

Bellmead Police Chief Shawn Myatt tackled Dodd after Dodd reached for a pistol in his waistband, the affidavit alleges. Dodd was examined by first responders and then taken to jail, arrest records state.