Coroner rules teen who died in IMPD custody suffered heart attack
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 28, 2015) – An 18-year-old shoplifting suspect who died in police custody appears to have passed away from natural causes. The fatal encounter took place over the weekend near 10th Street and Mitthoeffer Road.
The Marion County coroner ruled the teen died of natural causes from acute myocardial infarction, or a heart attack.
Inside a Burlington Coat Factory on East Washington Street, a security guard confronted a shoplifter over the weekend.
The suspect took off running out of the store, but police quickly caught up with the accused thief across the street lying in the grass behind an adjacent gas station.
Police claim they found a gun next to the suspect, but he did surrender without a fight.
While in police custody, Terrell Day told police he was having a hard time breathing.
Officers called an ambulance, but paramedics checked the suspect out and determined he was okay and could be taken to jail.
The first paramedics then left the scene, but before police could transport Day to jail, police say he once again claimed he couldn’t breathe so police called a second ambulance.
That’s when the suspect apparently went into cardiac arrest and could not be revived.
The county coroner claims the death occurred as the result of a heart attack and ruled the death as natural.
The parents of the suspect say their son had no medical history. They believe medical crews should have transported Day the first time he complained he couldn’t breathe.
Officials with Indianapolis EMS wrote in a statement they extend their condolences adding, “We have already launched a full internal investigation, and at this time are confident the highest levels of response and care was provided.”
IMPD refused to talk about the case on camera.
They said they’re waiting for the investigation to be complete before offering any public comment.