Attorney hired after shoplifting suspect dies in custody

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Posted: Sep 30, 2015 8:43 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a teenage shoplifting suspect who died in Indianapolis police custody after complaining of breathing problems has hired an attorney to investigate the events leading up to his death.

A coroner says 18-year-old Terrell Day died of a heart attack in the back of an ambulance Saturday after twice complaining about having breathing problems.

Police say Day pulled a handgun during a shoplifting incident at a clothing store. He was arrested after police said they found him near a handgun in a grassy area not far from the store.

Day family attorney Nathaniel Lee tells The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1VrkSdh ) the family is seeking answers "to determine exactly what occurred."

Public safety officials said Tuesday that an investigation into Day's death is ongoing. They offered condolences to his family.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com