UPDATE: Argyle man cleared of charges in the death of his brother

UPDATED Friday, November 29, 2013 --- 5:59 p.m.

The Lafayette county District Attorney’s office has completed its review of the death of Aaron Saalsaa and as a result, will not be issuing charges against Daniel Saalsaa.

A review of all of the facts and circumstances as determined by the investigation does not establish a basis to issue criminal charges against Daniel Saalsaa relating to the death of his brother.

In the early morning hours of March 31st earlier this year, brothers, Aaron and Daniel Saalsaa, were involved in a physical altercation while intoxicated. Aaron Saalsaa called his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Hayley Saalsaa. After speaking to Aaron, Robert and Hayley drove to 100 North Broad Street in Argyle, arriving shortly after 3 a.m. While Robert was attempting to stop the altercation, Aaron fell, causing Daniel and Robert to also fall and land on him. 911 was later called and Argyle EMS was on scene and tending to Aaron Saalsaa. The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the City of Monroe Police Department in investigating the incident due to the working relationship between the Sheriff’s Office and the Village of Argyle Police Chief Saalsaa.

The autopsy report describes a lack of any physical evidence connecting the altercation between Daniel and Aaron Saalsaa with Aaron’s death. Aaron had no facial or head injuries; the cause of the brain hemorrhage is unknown.

The only potential criminal charges relating to the death are first degree intentional homicide and first or second degree reckless homicide. The facts do not establish any grounds for a charge of intentional homicide as there is no evidence that Daniel Saalsaa intended to cause the death of his brother during the altercation. There is no basis to conclude that the conduct of Daniel Saalsaa constituted either first or second degree reckless homicide. There is no factual, scientific, or legal basis to conclude that his death was the result of any criminal act. Therefore, no criminal charges will be issued.

Updated Tuesday, April 2--- 6:00 p.m.

A fight between brothers ends with a death in Argyle. And the police chief who would usually be responsible for making the arrest is related to both the victim and suspect.

29-year-old Danial Saalsaa is now being held in the Lafayette County Jail on a tentative charge of aggravated battery.

He was arrested after the fight on Broad street early Sunday morning over what Monroe Police call "family issues" and a neighbor calls brothers being brothers. She believes it was an accident.

"They fight like brothers," said Tricia Jones who lives next door to the Saalsaa's. "They would have never hurt each other."

But 27-year-old Aaron Saalsaa was hurt. No weapons were used, but he was taken to a hospital in Madison and died.

"I think it was an argument that had escalated, and it was an accident," said Jones.

Complicating matters, the sister-in-law of both brothers was a witness. She also happens to be Argyle's chief of police, Haylee Saalsaa.

"Just makes it that much more complicated and that much harder," said Kelley.

Due to a conflict of interest, the case has been handed over to Monroe Police to investigate.

Danial Saalsaa's bail was set at $5,000, which he made today.

An autopsy will be performed to determine Aaron's cause of death, and then the DA will determine Saalsaa's charges.

UPDATED Tuesday, April 2, 2013 --- 10:03 a.m.

Press Release from the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office:

Aaron D. Saalsaa, age 27, died today at a Madison hospital where he was being treated for injuries he received during a physical altercation outside a residence on North Broad St. in Argyle. The other person involved in the altercation, Danial D. Saalsaa, age 29 , remains confined in the Lafayette County Jail.

The investigation of this incident is continuing by Monroe Police Department Detectives at my request due to our previously started potential conflict of interest. Once the police investigation is completed this matter will be referred to Lafayette County District Attorney Kate Findley for review.


Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013 --- 11:24 p.m.

An man was arrested after a physical altercation in the Village of Argyle. The altercation was reported to the Lafayette County 911 center around 3:16 am Sunday Morning.

The Preliminary investigation showed that Aaron D. Saalsaa, age 27, and Danial D. Saalsaa, age 29, were reportedly in a fight on N. Broad Street. Aaron Saalsaa was taken by Argyle EMS to the Monroe-Clinic Hospital, but was later transferred to Madison Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Danial Saalsaa was taken into custody at the scene of the altercation and is now in the Lafayette County Jail and is being held on a tentative felony charge of Aggravated Battery.

The altercation between the two men is still under investigation.

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