Teen Dies in Police Custody
An Indiana teen suspected of shoplifting complained of trouble breathing just moments before dying in police custody.
The man, identified as 18-year-old Terrell Day, was detained by a loss prevention officer at a Burlington Coat Factory in Indianapolis on Saturday.
According to the IMPD, Day pointed a gun and ran from the store after being confronted by the loss prevention officer.
The officer followed him to the parking lot while IMPD and Cumberland police were being called, according to WISH 8. A Cumberland police department officer spotted Day lying in a grassy area behind a gas station near the scene. He surrendered to police and was taken into custody without incident.
Police say Day told them he was having trouble breathing. An ambulance was called, but the EMS crew determined he could be transported by police.
A second ambulance was called following Day’s continued complaining of breathing issues, but his conditioned quickly deteriorated.
“Despite the best life-saving efforts by the EMS crew, the suspect died in the back of the ambulance,” an IMPD media release said.
A cause of death has not yet been determined.