EPD provides details after a man died after a chase with officers

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- The Evansville Police Department held a press conference Wednesday afternoon after Dean Smith, 25, died following a chase with officers.

Authorities say Smith had outstanding warrants and tried to run away from them.

After a short foot pursuit, Smith was located by the officer and ordered to surrender. Smith ignored the officers’ commands and fled on foot for a second time. The officer resumed the chase, and at approximately 6:05 p.m. Smith was apprehended by the officer’s canine and taken into custody.

Smith was examined and had puncture wounds to both of his lower legs from the canine apprehension. Officers spoke with Smith at length, and at that time, he was responsive and answering questions.

An ambulance was called at 6:14 p.m. in order to transport Smith to the hospital to have the punctures on his lower legs treated. The ambulance arrived at approximately 6:23 p.m., and shortly after the arrival, paramedics assessed his condition.

Smith was placed on a gurney and loaded into the ambulance in preparation to transport him at approximately 6:27 p.m. At approximately 6:35 p.m., Smith stopped breathing and life-saving measures were immediately taken by personnel.

Smith was transported to Deaconess Hospital. Despite ongoing life-saving efforts, Smith was pronounced dead at the hospital.

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday evening. Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear said results showed no apparent traumatic cause of death. The next step in the process will toxicology and lab studies, which are expected to take three weeks.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 26, 2020)

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