The Journal Gazette
Monday, October 08, 2018 9:00 pm

Man collapses after running from police

Journal Gazette

A man suspected of driving a stolen pickup truck suffered a heart attack after running from capture Sunday, according to Fort Wayne police.

The man, whose name was not released, was in critical condition Sunday, according to a news release. A condition update was not available Monday night.

Fort Wayne Police responded to the LKQ “Pick Your Part” auto parts, 4820 Moeller Road, shortly after 4 p.m. A 911 caller had reported a wanted Miami County suspect was at the business and possibly driving a stolen pickup truck, the release states.

A responding officer saw the vehicle in the auto parts parking lot and waited at an adjacent business for the suspect to leave. Shortly, two females and a man pushing a wheelbarrow left the business and approached the suspect's vehicle, according to the release. By then, more officers had arrived to setup surveillance.

After the officers approached the three, they discovered the man was an employee of the business and not the suspect. The suspect, still inside the store, saw the officers, fled out a back door, ran south across the lot and made it over a security fence on the south side of the property.

He ran along two sets of railroad tracks with officers chasing him. The man climbed some stopped rail cars, and ran back-and-forth on top of them, refusing to come down. He eventually climbed into an empty coal car where officers caught him.

Once in custody the suspect collapsed and went into cardiac arrest, the statement said. Officers administered CPR until fire personnel were able to remove him from the rail car. The man was then taken to a hospital.

The two females with the suspect were arrested, one for an active warrant and the other for possession of narcotics.

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