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Coroner: Meth, Enlarged Heart Caused Death of Man in Custody


The Vanderburgh County Coroner says a man who died in police custody had meth in his system. 

Coroner Steve Lockyear says in an email that an autopsy and final reports have been completed in the death of Edward Snukis.

Lockyear said the 55-year-old Snukis died as a result of methamphetamine intoxication along with an enlarged heart.

The manner of death has been ruled an accident.

Officers were called to the D. Patrick auto dealership on Division Street in September for a report of an intoxicated man in a restricted area.

Police said Snukis tried to flee and was tased twice being handcuffed.

He became unresponsive when he was rolled over on the parking lot.

Snukis was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

EPD spokesman Sgt. Jason Cullum said there was “no indication of any criminal or negligent behavior by the officers."

Members of the Pennsylvania man’s family have hired an Evansville attorney.

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