Coroner: Heart problem killed suspect in police custody

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An autopsy on a teenage shoplifting suspect who died after complaining of breathing problems found that he suffered a heart attack.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office said Monday an autopsy on 18-year-old Terrell Day of Indianapolis determined his cause of death to be acute myocardial infarction, or a heart attack.

After Day was arrested Saturday afternoon for shoplifting on Indianapolis’ far east side, he told officers while in the back of a jail wagon that he was having trouble breathing.

An ambulance was summoned, but Day died in the back of that vehicle.

Officers were called to a clothing store after a security guard reported that a gun-wielding man accused of shoplifting had fled that store.

Police say they found Day in a grassy area near a handgun.

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