Man accused of throwing hot coals on Huntsville officer dies in hospital

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Officials have confirmed that a man accused of injuring an officer by throwing hot coals at him died Thursday.

Madison County Deputy Coroner Tyler Berryhill has identified the man as 45-year-old Curtis David Jordan of Huntsville.

Berryhill says the coroner's office took possession of Jordan's body from the hospital Thursday and have already performed an autopsy, but will not release the cause of death until the state releases toxicology results.

"We initiated an investigation the night of the incident and the case is still under investigation," said Lt. Darryl Lawson of HPD in a written statement.

The death is considered 'in police custody' due to the events before Jordan's hospitalization. He was to be guarded by an officer until his release because officials say he could have faced charges for assault on an officer.

Last Sunday, May 31, Huntsville Police responded to the 5900 block of Vinemont Drive around 1:30 in the morning after police say the man, now identified as Jordan, was having a domestic dispute with a woman believed to be his wife.

Police say she called police when he threatened to set the house on fire.

Upon responding, police say the man threw hot coals in the face of the police officer, whose injuries were minor.

Officials say the man became unresponsive after a scuffle with police. They began to perform CPR until HEMSI transported him to Huntsville Hospital in serious condition.