Posted at: 10/22/2012 5:46 PM
Updated at: 10/22/2012 6:08 PM
By: Gordon Severson
Police Awaiting Autopsy Results in Rochester Death
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The investigation continues after a Rochester man died while being arrested by police Friday night.
What started out as a routine felony warrant call for two Rochester police officers, quickly turned into a life-threatening situation.
“Mr. Prom struggled with both officers at one point Mr. Prom went unresponsive. Officers attempted CPR,” Rochester Police Lt. Casey Moilanen explains.
Investigator David Drees, a 17-year veteran on the department, and Investigator Lesley Kenyon, performed reviving techniques until paramedics arrived.
“He was taken by ambulance to Saint Mary’s hospital where he was pronounced dead,” Moilanen says.
That’s when administrators decided to call the Bureau of Criminal apprehension, an unbiased agency that could throroughly investigate the incident.
The body was sent to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office Saturday morning.
“We’re in the very early stages of our investigation. Still in the process of finishing up interviews. There may be follow-up interviews as well. We’re waiting on those test results to determine the cause and manner of death for Mr. Prom. That might take a matter of days or matter of weeks. It just depends on what they find,” BCA Representative Jill Oliveira says.
Officers say Prom has prior history with the department including drug-related activity.
Neighbors say he was a polite, thoughtful man, and a great neighbor.
When the results from those toxicology tests come in we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
Stay tuned to ABC 6 News and kaaltv.com for the latest information on this case.