Yale Professor Samuel See Found Dead In Jail Cell

Yale University professor Samuel See, 34, was found dead in a jail cell Sunday morning, according to multiple news reports.

See is not believed to have committed suicide, according to the New Haven Independent. At this time the professor's death remains under investigation.

Judicial Department spokeswoman Rhonda Hebert told the Independent:

Mr. Samuel See was delivered to the detention center on Nov. 23 at approximately 9:10 p.m. by New Haven Police and was alert and communicating with Judicial Marshals throughout his detainment until Marshals assigned to the detention center found him non-responsive in his cell at approximately 6 a.m. on Nov. 24.

Marshals attempted lifesaving efforts, the Hartford Courant reports, but See could not be resuscitated.

See was an assistant professor of English who focused on British and American modernist literature, according to the Yale Daily News. He was on leave for the fall semester.

Police had responded to a domestic dispute at See's home on Saturday evening. The Courant reports Saunder Ganglani, who told police he was See's husband, said he had come to collect some belongings from See's house. But See and his husband had both taken mutual protective orders against one another. Ganglani was later charged with violating that order.

See became "enraged" when officers reminded him that there was a protective order against him, too, the Daily News reports. Police spokesman David Hartman said in a statement that See fought attempts to handcuff him.

"As See was led to a Police car," Hartman said, "he yelled to one of the arresting Officers, 'I will kill you ... I will destroy you.'"

See was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital to treat a cut above his eye and then to the detention facility that night. According to the Daily News, See had also been charged with violating a protective order, as well as interfering with police and making threatening statements.

"The University community is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Samuel See," Yale said in a statement. "Our condolences go out to his family, faculty colleagues, and students, and his friends at Yale and elsewhere."