BCA investigates death after individual taken into custody dies

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the death of an individual who was being taken into custody when they complained about shortness of breath and died late Tuesday evening. 

According to the BCA, officers with the High Plains Fugitive Task Force were taking an individual into custody for outstanding felony warrants shortly after 1 p.m. on the 700 block of 4th St. S. in Moorhead. 

During the arrest, the individual complained of shortness of breath and paramedics were summoned to the scene.  

As paramedics were arriving, the individual lost consciousness. 

The individual was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo but died late Tuesday evening.

The individual has been taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

According to authorities, there was no body camera footage of the incident and the BCA will be determining whether the squad dash cameras captured any portions of the incident.

The BCA is in the process of conducting interviews with incident participants. They will also identify the deceased once family notifications have taken place. 

More additional information will be released once the interviews are complete.