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Francisco Vasquez, 54
Georgetown, Texas
August 08, 2015

Agencies: Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Texas | Cedar Park Police Department Texas

Last updated: 5 months ago

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The family of 54-year-old Francisco Vasquez wants to know more about the moments before Vasquez died in Williamson County Jail custody.

Cedar Park Police arrested Vasquez for DWI on August 8. Police records show the offense as taking place at about three in the afternoon with booking at 4:13 p.m. Jail staff found Vasquez unconscious at 5:04 p.m., according to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. A newly-released autopsy lists Vasquez’s time of death as 6:06 p.m. and the manner of death as suicide.

Investigators initially called the death a suicide soon after it happened, something Vasquez’s family still questions and refuses to accept.

“He didn’t do that. If you knew this guy, like I said, he had plans for the next five years to do things that we set,” said Russell Soto, Francisco’s son-in-law, in an August interview.

The family is now working with an attorney as they try to obtain more information. So far, the family has only seen the dash cam videos from the Cedar Park Police Department.

KXAN Investigates obtained a copy of arrest records and the police recordings through an open records request. The videos show an officer giving Vasquez a field sobriety test. The autopsy would later find Vasquez’s blood alcohol concentration at 0.327, more than four times the legal limit. Vasquez appears cooperative. The officer conducting the test appears calm.

“Is this a dream? It was a simple DWI. You think, alright, he’s going to get his license taken away and a big fine. We’ll deal with that when it comes to us,” said Russell. “You weren’t thinking he’s going to get a DWI and we won’t see him again.”

The family’s attorney tells KXAN News they have not been able to view video from the jail. The sheriff’s office typically does not release video from the jail during investigations and also because of security concerns, according to a Williamson County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Captain Fred Thomas.