Missouri man who died after arrest had medical conditions

2 years 11 months 5 days ago Tuesday, October 20 2015 Oct 20, 2015 Tuesday, October 20, 2015 3:08:00 PM CDT October 20, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

KENNETT (AP) — Preliminary autopsy results show that a southeast Missouri man's death following his arrest was caused by hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Dunklin County Coroner James Powell on Tuesday identified the suspect as 43-year-old Ernest Williams of Kennett.

Kennett officers pulled over Williams' car early Sunday. Police say Williams ran and was found hiding behind a home a short time later.

He was arrested and taken to the police department, where he complained of shortness of breath. Williams was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Powell says Williams was apparently unaware of his medical conditions. Powell says an autopsy performed Monday showed that Williams had an enlarged heart.

Final autopsy results aren't expected for 6-8 weeks. The Missouri State Highway Patrol continues to investigate at the request of Kennett police.

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