EPD: Officer resignation not tied to Pennsylvania man’s death

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Evansville Police say an officer’s resignation is not tied to the death of a Pennsylvania man earlier this year.

According to the EPD Police Merit Commission Agenda, Officer Trevor Koontz has resigned, effective Nov. 7th after serving nine months and nine days.

According to a Facebook post, EPD says Koontz resigned because he had not completed all of the required training within his allotted time and officers are given the option to resign.

Andy Chandler tells Eyewitness News, the resignation is not tied to the death of Ed Snukis in September.

Despite speculative media reports, there have been no Evansville Police Department personnel changes due to any ongoing…

Posted by Evansville Police Department on Thursday, November 7, 2019

In September, police were called to the 4300 block of Division Street for reports of a man at a business in the area.

When officers arrived, they say Snukis was uncooperative and began fighting with police.

An officer tased Snukis twice, but say he ran from police.

EPD says Snukis tripped and fell. Officers were able to catch him.

During a second altercation, he continued to resist. He was eventually handcuffed.

Police said officers turned the man onto his side and saw he was not responsive, but he was breathing and had a pulse. A third officer, who was previously an EMT, began monitoring the man.

Snukis died a short time later.

A cause of death has not been determined and toxicology results are still pending in this case.

Koontz and Matthew Taylor, the two officers involved in this incident, were put on administrative leave. EPD said there was no evidence that the officers used deadly force during the incident.

Snukis’ family has hired Danks & Danks to investigate his death.

We’ll update information once it becomes available.

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(This story was originally published on November 7, 2019)

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