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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Man who died in jail swallowed cocaine

Ten hours after being booked into jail after leading state troopers on a high-speed chase from Shakopee to Richfield, Gerard Ryan died due to swallowing cocaine.

David Chanen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Gerard Andrew Ryan, 48, of Minneapolis, had led state troopers on a chase from Shakopee to Richfield before he was arrested and booked into jail about midnight Dec. 2. He died about 10 hours later at Hennepin County Medical Center, according to the county medical examiner’s office.

He died of multiple organ failure from cardiac arrest due to cocaine toxicity he swallowed, the medical examiner said in a news release Tuesday. He was resuscitated before he was taken to the hospital.

Contributing factors to Ryan’s death included severe heart disease, cardiomegaly and left ventricular hypertrophy, “self-injurious behavior and struggle with multiple people,” the release said.


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