UPDATE: The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s office says an autopsy of a person who died in police custody Wednesday night following a traffic stop is complete.
The cause and manner of death are pending scene investigation and additional study. The medical examiner’s office is deferring to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to release the identity of the person who died.
ORIGINAL STORY: A person has died following a traffic stop and physical struggle with Rochester Police on Wednesday night.
An officer on patrol with the Rochester Police Department conducted a traffic stop around 8:54 p.m. “based on several traffic violations observed on a public roadway,” Chief Jim Franklin said. The stop occurred in the parking lot of Cub Foods, 1021 15th Ave. SE.
“After the initial stop, the driver of the vehicle drove away prior to completion of the traffic stop,” Franklin said. “The officer was able to get the vehicle stopped again within the same general parking lot area.”
As the officer attempted to arrest the driver, a “physical struggle ensued,” Franklin said. Additional officers were called to the scene and assisted in the arrest.
“Once in custody, the subject became unresponsive,” Franklin said. “Officers immediately requested Gold Cross Ambulance and began lifesaving measures, including CPR and the administration of an AED.”
Police did not identify the person this morning nor indicate the person’s gender. Officers were not able to revive the person. The person’s identity and cause of death will be released at a later date.
A preliminary investigation indicates the officers did not use weapons in apprehending the subject, Franklin said. The number of officers involved in the incident was not released, but Franklin said all involved have been placed on administrative leave.
All officers were wearing body cameras, and that footage has been turned over the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the death.
Police declined to answer any questions related to the incident, citing their desire to “maintain the integrity” of the investigation.
A video of what is believed to be a portion the incident has been shared on social media. In the video, police can be seen giving CPR to a person in the parking lot of Cub Foods.