Family: Salina man who died during booking was an addict

Saline County Jail (KSN File Photo)

SALINA, KanSAS (AP) – The family of a Salina man who died after an altercation at a county jail says his drug and alcohol addictions contributed to his death.

The family of 50-year-old Scott Brunson said in a statement Wednesday that it supports law enforcement agencies investigating his death.

Brunson died Tuesday after two Saline County Jail corrections officers fought with him while he was being booked into jail. Police say Brunson was combative at the jail.

The Salina Journal reports the family said blood tests showed Brunson had cocaine, methamphetamine and alcohol in his system. The statement said hospital officials told the family Brunson appears to have suffered from cardiac arrest.

One officer was treated and released and the other was hospitalized for observation after the altercation.

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