Few Details on Rochester Death Investigation

March 29, 2019 03:21 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating after a man died Wednesday night after being arrested in Southeast Rochester.

Officers involved in Wednesday night’s incident have been placed on administrative leave per the Rochester Police Department’s policy.


“On March 27, 2019 at approximately 20:54 hours, an officer with the Rochester Police Department conducted a traffic stop based on several traffic violations observed on a public roadway,” said Chief Jim Franklin at a press conference Thursday morning.

“After the initial stop, the driver of the vehicle drove away prior to the completion of the traffic stop,” Franklin said.

In the same parking lot, near Cub Foods in Southeast Rochester, the officer got the vehicle to stop again.

“The officer attempted to arrest the driver and a physical struggle ensued,” Franklin said.

The officer called for backup to help arrest the suspect.

More officers showed up and the suspect was arrested and taken into police custody.

“Once in custody, the subject became unresponsive. Officers immediately requested Gold Cross ambulance and began lifesaving efforts, including CPR and the administration of an AED,” Franklin said.

“Preliminary investigation indicates that officers did not use weapons in apprehending the suspect. Lifesaving efforts were not successful and the subject died,” Franklin said.

Chief Franklin would not say if a Taser qualifies as a weapon.

All officers were wearing body cams and the footage has been turned over to the BCA.

As of Thursday night, the Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to release the victim’s name.


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