The Journal Gazette
Thursday, September 13, 2018 1:00 am

Coroner rules heart attack fatal to officer

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne police Officer David A. Tinsley died of a heart attack just after the pursuit of an accused car thief, the Allen County coroner's office said Wednesday.

Tinsley collapsed late Monday on the Rivergreenway as he walked back to his squad car. He was treated at the scene and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, the coroner said.

The cause of death was atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and the manner of death was natural, the coroner ruled.

Funeral arrangements have not been released. Mayor Tom Henry said Tuesday flags in the city would remain at half-staff until the conclusion of Tinsley's funeral.

Gov. Eric Holcomb and Senate President Pro Tem David Long sent condolences Wednesday.

“Officer Tinsley was a true Hoosier hero who died protecting his community,” Holcomb wrote. “Janet and I are heartbroken for his family, friends and the Fort Wayne Police Department. I ask all Hoosiers to join me in honoring Officer Tinsley's service and dedication.”

Long wrote that “Tinsley served and protected our community selflessly for many years, and my most sincere condolences and prayers go out to his family, friends and fellow officers. I hope the entire community will join me in honoring his life and offering support to the members of the Fort Wayne Police Department during this difficult time.”

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