DUBLIN -- A 50-year-old Santa Rita Jail inmate is in critical condition after collapsing following a fight Monday night with Alameda County Sheriff's deputies, authorities said. About 7 p.m., a deputy went to find out why inmate Martin Harrison had broken a food tray and flooded his isolated cell in the jail's minimum security area of the jail, said Sgt. J.D. Nelson, Sheriff's spokesman.

Nelson said the deputy found Harrison hiding behind a mattress, and he said someone was trying to shoot him. Nelson said after the deputy calmed Harrison down, Harrison agreed to be handcuffed and moved while his cell was cleaned and repaired.

As the deputy tried to handcuff him, Harrison broke free and charged the officer. The deputy used a Taser to stop him, but Harrison got up and charged the deputy again, Nelson said. The two fell and then fought on the ground. Other deputies came to assist and a Taser was deployed again.

Per department policy on Taser incidents, after Harrison was subdued he was seen by the jail nursing staff , Nelson said. He was then taken to the jail's medical clinic for an evaluation. It was there Harrison became unresponsive. He was rushed to a hospital where he is in critical condition, Nelson said.

Harrison was arrested Aug. 13 in Oakland on an arrest warrant for driving under the influence, Nelson said.


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Sheriff's detectives are investigating the incident, Nelson said.

Contact Sophia Kazmi at 925-847-2122. Follow her at Twitter.com/sophiakazmi.