Kasilof man dies from heart attack during court appearance

Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2002

A 68-year-old Kasilof man who suffered an apparent heart attack during a Kenai District Court arraignment hearing Thursday has died.

Donald Hallstead arrived at Central Peninsula General Hospital in full cardiac arrest, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Hallstead was being arraigned in Magistrate David S. Landry's courtroom on two counts of failure to appear when he apparently went into cardiac arrest at about 3:35 p.m.

He was rushed by Kenai Fire Department ambulance to the hospital.

During the incident, as law enforcement officers were attempting to clear the courtroom to make way for responding medical personnel, Hallstead's 30-year-old son, Don, allegedly pushed a Kenai police officer over the railing that divides the courtroom from the public gallery seats.

The younger Hallstead was immediately arrested on one count of assault on a police officer and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

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