- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The family of a teenage shoplifting suspect who died in Indianapolis police custody after complaining of breathing problems has hired an attorney to investigate the events leading up to his death.

Marion County’s coroner said an autopsy showed 18-year-old Terrell Day died of a heart attack in the back of an ambulance Saturday after twice complaining about having breathing problems.

Police said Day had pulled a handgun during a shoplifting incident at a clothing store and was arrested after officers found him near a handgun in a grassy area not far from that store.

Nathaniel Lee, an attorney representing Day’s family, said questions remain unanswered in the teen’s death. He began his investigation Tuesday by visiting area stores in search of surveillance footage of Day’s arrest.

“What the family is seeking are answers,” Lee told The Indianapolis Star (https://indy.st/1VrkSdh ). “We’re trying to determine exactly what occurred. The family is seeking justice. If there was a violation of the criminal code, then the family would want accountability.”

Public safety officials said Tuesday an investigation into Day’s death is ongoing and offered condolences to his family.

Authorities said Day complained during his arrest of breathing problems and an ambulance was called for him. The responding EMS crew determined he was fine to be taken into custody and their assessment gave no indication of an underlying medical condition, Indianapolis’ Public Safety Department said Monday.

Day signed a release stating that he did not require additional medical attention, but when a jail wagon arrived, police said he again complained of breathing problems.

A second ambulance arrived as Day’s condition worsened. Despite the second medical crew’s efforts, he died in the back of the ambulance, police said.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, https://www.indystar.com


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