May 23, 2020 12:00 AM

KBI investigating death of inmate at Kansas jail

Posted May 23, 2020 12:00 AM
Gillen photo Lyon County
Gillen photo Lyon County

EMPORIA — Law enforcement authorities are investigating the death of an inmate in Lyon County early Friday.

Just after midnight, Lyon County Detention Center staff was conducting routine bed checks on the inmates, according to Deputy Sgt. Danny Broyles.

Staff found  72-year-old Harold V. Gillen, slouched over sitting on the bottom bunk of his cell. Mr Gillen did not respond to a detention officer and he was not breathing.

Detention staff immediately began life saving measures, CPR, and requested Lyon County EMS to respond.

Lyon County EMS arrived to provide care but at 2:22 a.m. Gillen  was pronounced deceased, according to Broyles.

Gillen had been in the Lyon County Jail since March 27 and was awaiting pretrial hearing for Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon.  

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation.