A 34-year-old Yale professor was found dead in a New Haven, CT jail cell on Sunday, just hours after he was arrested for attacking police officers following a dispute with his estranged husband.
Samuel See, an assistant professor at Yale's English department, was arrested just after 5 p.m. on Saturday after authorities responded to a call reporting that See's estranged husband, Sunder Ganglani, had violated an order of protection by spending more than two hours at See's home collecting his things.
Police verified the protective order on arrival, but found that Ganglani, too, had an order of protection against See. This didn't sit well with See, who became enraged, fighting with officers and, when they attempted to handcuff him, screaming "I will kill you," and "I will destroy you," the New Haven Register reports.
See was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for a cut above his eye, before being processed at the Union Avenue Detention Facility around 9 p.m. on charges of violating a protective order, interfering with police and threatening. Around 6 a.m. on Sunday, judicial marshalls found See dead on his bunk.
An investigation is under way, though initial reports suggest that See's death was not a suicide, nor were there any signs of physical abuse.
Both See and Ganglani were arrested on September 18th on charges of misdemeanor assault and breach of peace. At the time of See's death, Ganglani was also in the facility, and was "a wreck, really upset," the New Haven Independent reports.
According to See's Yale staff profile, he had taken a leave of absence from teaching for the fall semester. His research and teaching based "primarily on British and American modernist literature and sexuality studies," with his interest focused on "the questions that aesthetic and sexual feeling present for literary historiography."