Texas corrections officer dies from COVID-19

James Coleman, 53, who worked at the Middleton Unit in Abilene, got sick and collapsed at home


By Sarah Calams

ABILENE, Texas — A Texas corrections officer died Tuesday after testing postive for COVID-19.

KTXS.com reported that James Coleman, 53, who worked at the Middleton Unit in Abilene, got sick and collapsed at home on Monday. He was taken to a local hospital, where he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. He died one day later.

"There is no measure of the unexpected loss of someone we hold dear," Bryan Collier, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said. "The thoughts and prayers of the TDCJ family are with those close to Officer Coleman. We can only hope that is of some comfort to his friends and family."

Coleman was a 20-year veteran of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Recommended for you

Join the discussion

Copyright © 2020 Corrections1. All rights reserved.