Salina man arrested for pointing rifle at neighbor last week has died

An inmate at the Onondaga County Justice Center died at University Hospital after suffering from an apparent medical condition.

Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh reports that 61-year-old John Wright, of Wright Avenue in the Town of Salina, was pronounced dead early Friday morning.

Walsh says Wright was housed in the Justice Centerâ??s Behavioral Health Unit and on constant supervision status. The deputy assigned to Wrightâ??s watch noticed a change in the inmateâ??s snoring and contacted the Justice Centerâ??s medical staff. Two deputies and a medical staff member entered Wrightâ??s cell and found he was unresponsive. They began CPR while awaiting the an ambulance. Wright was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Walsh says deputies are looking into a report that Wright had a history of medical. They are awaiting autopsy results from the Onondaga County Medical Examinerâ??s Office.

Wright was being held at the Onondaga County Justice Center after he allegedly pointed a rifle at his female neighbor on McKenney Avenue in Salina last Thursday. He allegedly threatened to kill her baby.

Deputies found Wright unarmed and pacing in his driveway but found Wrightâ??s rifle, which was loaded and sitting on the couch in his home.

He was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon and held on $50,000 cash / $100,000 bond.

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