Indiana shoplifting suspect dies in ambulance after arrest

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

IMPD identifies shoplifting suspect who died in police custody.

Authorities in Indianapolis are investigating the death of a shoplifting suspect who died in an ambulance after twice reporting breathing problems following his arrest, police said. Police officers called to a clothing store for a reported shoplifting case on Saturday afternoon apprehended the man after he pointed a handgun and ran from the store, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said in a news release. IMPD says a loss prevention officer confronted a man suspected of shoplifting at the Burlington Coat Factory store in Washington Square Mall around 1 p.m. Police officers from Indianapolis and the police department of Cumberland, Indiana, took the man into custody without incident moments later but he then reported having trouble breathing, police said.

The responding medical crew assessed Day and determined he could be transported to jail, but while in the back of a jail wagon, the man again complained of breathing problems. A Cumberland Police Department officer spotted Day lying in a grassy area behind a gas station at the intersection of East 10th Street and North Mitthoefer Road. A second ambulance was called, but his condition quickly deteriorated, according to IMPD. “The Indianapolis EMS family would like to extend our sincere condolences,” IEMS Chief Charles Miramonti, said in the release. “We have already launched a full internal investigation, and, at this time, are confident the highest level of response and care was provided.”

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