A Harris County sheriff's deputy who was found dead in his cruiser late Monday appears to have died of natural causes, according to the sheriff's office and media reports.
The sheriff's office on Tuesday identified the fallen lawman as Senior Deputy T. Faughtenbery, who had served 26 years with the agency.
A gas station clerk in Crosby noticed the police cruiser idling shortly before midnight Monday and knocked on the windows, KHOU reports. They called 911 and first responders broke the car window to reach the deputy but were unable to resuscitate him.
At least 20 police vehicles escorted the fallen deputy to the medical examiner's office just before 3 a.m. Tuesday, according to KTRK. A dispatcher said it appeared the man died of a heart attack.
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