WATCH: EPD releases body and dash cam video after man’s death in custody

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EVANSVILLE, In. (WEHT) — Evansville Police Department released new details, as well as body and dash cam footage, after the death of a man after a police chase on Tuesday.

Wednesday, EPD held a press conference and released that video and information.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday at 5 p.m.

According to Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear, a conclusive cause of death is pending addition lab tests and toxicology results.

25-year-old Dean Smith died after a police chase on Tuesday.

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 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.

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

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