ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A 30-year-old St. Paul police officer died Saturday of complications from a heart attack he suffered a week earlier following a foot chase, according to new information released by the St. Paul Police Department Sunday night.
Authorities say Officer Josh Lynaugh, a five year veteran of the department, and his partner were on patrol the evening of February 8 when they noticed a suspicious male in the 1100 block of Edgerton Street. When the officers turned their squad around, the teen fled on foot.
Lynaugh pursued the suspect, along with a K9 unit, to the area of Jessie Street and Geranium Avenue where the juvenile was issued a citation for fleeing police and violating curfew.
Shortly after that, Lynaugh became ill. He was transported to Regions Hospital where he was treated for a heart attack until he died Saturday.
Lynaugh's father, Tim Lynaugh, a retired St. Paul police sergeant, thanks the community for the "enormous support his family has received." He also thanks the staff at Regions Hospital for their help and support.
Funeral arrangements for Josh Lynaugh are pending.
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