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Video: Shoplifting Suspect Dies in Custody of Indianapolis Police

September 28, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Shoplifting Suspect Dies in Custody of Indianapolis Police

Indianapolis police are investigating the death of a shoplifting suspect who died in custody after complaining of breathing problems.

Terrell Day, 18, died in the back of a police ambulance on Saturday after twice complaining of breathing issues during his arrest, according to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Officers responding to a report of an armed man in a Burlington Coat Factory store on Saturday afternoon learned that a male shoplifting suspected had pointed a gun at a security officer then fled, police said in a statement to NBC News.

The suspect — Day — was spotted lying in a "grassy area" behind a gas station about 500 yards away and "immediately surrendered" without incident, police added, saying that a handgun was recovered at the same time.

Police said that when the man told officers he was having trouble breathing, an ambulance was called. The responding EMTs assessed Day and determined he could be taken on to processing "via jail wagon," according to the statement.

Day again complained of breathing difficulties when the jail wagon arrived and a second ambulance was called but his "condition deteriorated," police said.

The Chicago Tribune reported Monday that the Marion County coroner's office conducted an autopsy on Day and determined his cause of death to be acute myocardial infarction, or a heart attack.

Comments (5)

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Leonard Mather @ 9/28/2015 5:25 PM

In cases like this, it is imperative to take height, weight, and measurements of Chest, waist, hips along with blood work so as to determine TSA, RPG, presence of illegal substances, A1C and interactive metabolic factors impeding his access to oxygen. Each year at football training season, a death occurs on the football field. Clear cut scientific findings must be documented now that it has become vogue to blame the LEO for being anywhere near a casualty. Proper documentation is essential. And yes, young teens can succumb from illicit behavior and detrimental habits.

Bob peterson @ 9/28/2015 5:42 PM

Young black male with a gun committing a violent crime with a weapon. Police arrested him, had two ambulances to check him. Seems the police did good.
All lives matter

JJG @ 9/29/2015 6:33 AM

First off, How about changing the title of the story from "shoplifting suspect" to that of "ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT". Geeez. Talked about slanted reporting.
35 Yr. LEO

S.S. @ 9/29/2015 8:09 AM

I wander if he was trying to fit into some skinny jeans...

sgtken @ 10/1/2015 3:46 PM

The title of the article is misleading. The emts cleared him and the police kept him in custody. I have never seen a suspect kept in the station if the emts say he needs to go to the hospital.

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