Man dies after fight in downtown Chicago prison

March 13, 2008 5:10:31 AM PDT
Federal officials say an inmate at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago has died from injuries he suffered in fight with another prisoner. Prison spokesmen say 32-year-old Jason Katz was beaten Tuesday afternoon and died Wednesday morning at Stroger Hospital.

Katz was serving a 9-month sentence after pleading guilty in October in federal court in Indiana to the illegal sale of a firearm by a licensed dealer.

Authorities say a gun Katz sold in 2007 without proper paperwork was later fired outside a South Bend nightclub. The man who allegedly fired the gun then reportedly used another weapon to fire at two police officers, killing one of them and wounding the other. He was then shot to death himself.


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