Nacogdoches County Jail suicide investigation

As required by state law, a third party entity, the Texas Rangers, have been requested to investigate the death of an inmate in the custody of the Nacogdoches County Jail.
Jeffrey Wayne Burgay, 51 years of age, was arrested on Monday, February 05, 2024 and booked into the jail on two felony charges.
On Wednesday, February 07, 2024 a jailer conducting cell checks observed Burgay to have attempted suicide. Jailers made entry into the cell and started CPR. Jail medical staff also responded to the scene and assisted. EMS was summoned to the Jail as well. Nacogdoches EMS and Fire responded to the scene. Due to the immediate efforts of the jail staff and jail medical staff, Mr. Burgay had a pulse when EMS arrived. EMS took over life-saving efforts and transported Burgay to a local hospital.
Family members were notified within a short time of the incident occurring. We are saddened to report that Jeffery Burgay was pronounced deceased at 2:45 p.m. on February 09, 2024 at the hospital. A preliminary investigation has shown that Burgay was alone in his cell when the incident occurred. The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal investigation, while the Texas Rangers conduct their investigation. An autopsy has also been ordered. Sheriff Jason Bridges stated that, on average, the Nacogdoches County Jail has between 6-8 attempted suicides per year inside the jail. The last attempt was two weeks ago, when a jailer was able
to stop the incident during the initial process and save the inmate’s life.
Sheriff Bridges and the staff at the Sheriff’s Office and Jail extend their deepest condolences to the
Burgay family