Family searches for answers after man dies following altercation at Luzerne County prison

Shaheen Mackey was admitted to Wilkes-Barre General following an altercation with corrections officers on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.

A family is looking for answer after their loved one died behind bars.

His death happened two days after a medical emergency at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

The county says it happened while the guards were trying to restrain him.

Shaheen Mackey's family says their loved one entered this prison healthy, but left in an ambulance hours later with severe bruises and a crushed neck.

Monday was Rasheda Hammonds birthday.

However, it's not her life she's celebrating.

"I'm celebrating the life of my brother and I'm fighting my justice. That's my birthday. That's my present to him,” Hammonds said.

Mackey died Friday at Wilkes-Barre General, two days after he suffered a medical emergency inside Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

Officials say Mackey was transferred here Wednesday for an alleged Protection from Abuse violation.

He arrived around 1:30 in the afternoon.

By six, county officials say correctional officers were forced to restrain him after he began behaving aggressively.

That's when he ultimately suffered some sort of medical emergency during a scuffle.

"The story is not adding up. Even the doctors are saying he should not have lost so much oxygen to his brain. There was so much trauma to his body, he's only 41-years-old, there's not reason for him to be passed away. He shouldn't have passed away,” Hammonds said.

Hammonds and her cousin believe it's possible Mackey suffered a seizure, but they still have more questions than answers.

"If he did have a seizure, that's no reason, still, for the bruising that was done to his body. The doctors say he was brought in under cardiac arrest, that he was already cold when he came in and they had to revive him,” Sheina Mackey said.

They've tried to get answers but say officials at the facility aren't cooperating.

"The correctional officers that were hired, that punch a clock to go in there and take care of the inmates and decided to murder my cousin, those are the ones we're after. So, just turn them over and we'll be fine,” Mackey said.

"We just want justice. This can't keep happening, so we want to fight,” Hammonds added.

The Luzerne County District Attorney is investigating.

An autopsy was scheduled to be performed this afternoon.

The results have not yet been released.

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