Man dies in Saline County jail after fight with officers

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A man died early Tuesday after a fight with two corrections officers while he was being booked into the Saline County Jail in a domestic violence case.

Capt. Brent Melander, the jail administrator, said the man and two corrections officers were taken to a Salina hospital after Monday’s altercation. One of the injured officers was treated and released from the hospital, while the other was kept overnight for observation and was in good condition Tuesday, The Salina Journal reported.

The man, who died at the hospital, was in his 50s but his name wasn’t immediately released, pending notification of his family. Melander said he was “basically unresponsive in the booking area” of the jail after the fight, which was captured on security video. The footage wasn’t released and authorities didn’t provide details about the fight.

Salina police Capt. Mike Sweeney said the man had been arrested Monday night in south Salina after officers were sent to look into a disturbance. A woman suffered a cut to her chin after allegedly being punched by the man, Sweeney said.

The man, who was related to the woman, resisted arrest, Sweeney said.

The case has been turned over to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.


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