Jail inmate found hung by correctional staff

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Braulio Salazar after his apprehension by Mexican officials for his alleged murder of Matthew Tate
Braulio Salazar after his apprehension by Mexican officials for his alleged murder of Matthew Tate

EL CENTRO – On Wednesday, October 22, around 7:00 p.m., an inmate housed at the Imperial County Jail was found hanging inside of his cell by correctional staff.

The inmate was unresponsive so correctional staff immediately called onsite medical personnel for assistance and began CPR.

Imperial County Fire Department Paramedics responded to the scene and the inmate was transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

The inmate was identified as 24 year old Brawley resident, Braulio Salazar Jr. Next of kin has been notified.

Salazar had been in a  pre-trial preliminary setting that Wednesday morning at the Brawley Court house.

The Honorable Judge Brooks Anderholt had agreed to the request from the People and Public Defender of moving the trial date to November 19th.

Salazar was on trial for the alleged murder of 27- year- old Brawley resident Matthew Tate. According to police reports, On July 23, 2014 a shooting incident occurred involving Salazar and Tate, that left Tate wounded in the 600 block of D Street in Brawley. 
Medical personnel responded to the location and Tate was transported to Pioneers Memorial Hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries.

During the preliminary trial on Wednesday, Matthew Tate’s father had said, “We are hoping the trial will go by fast.”

Salazar had been taken  into custody by Mexico authorities on September 29, processed at the Port of Entry. and turned over to Brawley Police Department after he fled to Mexicali, Mexico.

An Autopsy is set for Tuesday. For further information please refer all questions to Lt. David Tirado at (760) 339-6690.

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