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Death in Police Custody Ruled Homicide

June 10, 2019 07:01 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death of Albert Thomas Dashow, who died during a traffic stop in Southeast Rochester in March, a homicide.

According to the medical examiner’s report, 39-year-old Dashow’s death was caused by cardiac hypertrophy and stress associated with restraint by law enforcement.

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The report shows Dashow did have pre-existing medical conditions, including obesity and schizoaffective disorder.

The case was reviewed by the Winona County Attorney’s Office because of the potential conflict of interest in Olmsted County.

In a letter to Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem, Winona County Attorney Karin Sonneman said, in part, “the evidence indicates that Mr. Dashow’s tragic death appears to have resulted from Mr. Dashow’s medical conditions in combination with the stress of the incident…”

She added that video and audio recordings show law enforcement, “acted in a manner consistent with the response necessary and appropriate under the circumstances of the incident and did not use excessive force toward Mr. Dashow…” adding that, “… the autopsy findings as to the manner of death do not imply fault.”

Rochester Police Chief Jim Franklin said the department will do an internal review of the investigation, as is protocol.

He added that death ruled a homicide does not mean a crime was committed, but that “the death involved the interaction with another” person.

ABC 6 News reached out to the Winona County Attorney’s Office for additional information but did not hear back Monday night.

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