LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The death of a Fayette County jail inmate who was serving 10 days for DUI has been ruled accidental.
The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/RlwD3L ) says Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn announced that ruling on Monday and said 37-year-old Jeffrey McKinney, who had a seizure during a struggle with jail staff, choked on his vomit and died of asphyxiation.
He was pronounced dead about 45 minutes after jail officials tried to subdue him on May 22 for "combative behavior."
Ginn says a stronger policy for employees dealing with combative inmates could ensure that the situation wouldn't happen again.
McKinney's sister, Julie Curtsinger of Frankfort, says the family is waiting on toxicology reports and other information to understand what happened to her brother.
Urban County Government spokeswoman Susan Straub said she and jail officials couldn't comment because of potential litigation.