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Man Dies After Jail Altercation

KSAL Staff - January 26, 2016 10:58 am

A man died early Tuesday morning following a fight with corrections officers at the Saline County Jail.

Jail Administrator Captain Brent Melander says that a man in his 50s was brought in at around 6:00 Monday evening by Salina Police.

Police Captain Mike Sweeney says that the man was taken into custody after allegedly punching a female acquaintance in the chin during a disturbance in the 2000 block of Norton. Sweeney says that the man resisted officers as he was being taken into custody. He was transported to the Saline County Jail and released into the custody of corrections officers.

Melander says that the suspect became disruptive in the booking area, and fought with jail corrections officers. He became unresponsive following the altercation. The man, and two corrections officers were all transported by EMS to Salina Regional Health Center.

Melander says that the man died at the hospital early Tuesday morning. His name was not immediately released pending notification of next of kin.

The corrections officers have been identified as Andrew Fillipi and David Grove. Melander says that Grove was admitted to the hospital for observation, while Fillipi was treated and released.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case.

Doug Clemens

January 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm

Well just maybe the sheriff should go to the radio station and get on the air to explain yet another murder by his deputies.

Juanita Ramirez

January 26, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Good riddance I say. Another abusive “drunk/methhead” off the street. Great job by correction officers in keeping this thug from injuring other inmates who are faithfully serving their time.

Marilyn Marshall

January 26, 2016 at 3:53 pm

What a shame that something like this had to happen to everyone involved. The corrections officers involved will run this situation over and over in their heads trying to decide exactly what happened and if it could’ve been done differently.

Kenneth Appleby

January 26, 2016 at 11:52 pm

I don’t think the altercation had any doing with the death. I believe it was the drugs. They are evil vile lil things. As a recovering addict I would know, they only least to one of three things jail, institutions, or death… In this case it was two, but he knew the risks when he was using.

Bill Hulsey

January 27, 2016 at 4:15 am

What’s really funny is some of you ppl must not even read the story. Cuz it says nothing at all about meth..but u just assume he was just another ababusive methhead ..It just shows how innocent u really are until proven guilty..lol..wth ppl like u on juries WOW…

Stan Clemons

January 27, 2016 at 9:54 am

Really people the sheriff department keeps killing people and make up stories to cover their butts and you take it hook line and sinker. Gee as a taxpayer I remember money being spent for TASERS. Now in the murder of the guy in Assaria and this murder no taser was used in either case. WHY???? It cost the tax payers a lot of money to provide them. No wonder the sheriff wants to look down the sheriff’s office he is afraid of relatives and friends of the people they kill without reason to do so. I have no problem if someone is shooting at them or has a bomb there are times when weapons and killings are necessary but not so in these two deaths.

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