Sgt. Matthew Mainieri, 41, a decorated 20-year member of the South Windsor Police Department, died Sunday afternoon after he tried to break up a fight at Uncle Tito’s in Murrells Inlet, Fox 61 Connecticut reports.
He suffered head injuries during the altercation and was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon, the station reported.
“It is with profound sadness that the members of the South Windsor Police Department mourn the death of Sergeant Matthew Mainieri,” South Windsor Deputy Police Chief Scott Custer said.
Kelton Jess Todd, 21, of Aynor, S.C., was charged with assaulting Mainieri by deputies with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.
More serious charges are pending, the sheriff’s office said.