MANKATO — A 26-year-old North Mankato man who died after being found unconscious at the downtown Hy-Vee store was tasered twice by at least one of the police officers who arrested him.
Andrew Layton was unconscious in the store’s entry when police officers arrived at about 4:40 a.m. Jan. 1. An initial news release only said he was arrested because he became combative, his heart stopped on the way to the jail in an ambulance and he was brought to the Mankato hospital after he was revived. He died there Jan. 5 (...)
The above was the initial news release. It gets confusing after that...
The initial Department of Public Safety news release also said an ambulance responded to Hy-Vee and Layton was taken to the Blue Earth County Jail in the ambulance. Layton’s family also had questions about why, if an ambulance was necessary, Layton was taken to jail and not the hospital. Layton’s heart stopped at some point on his way to the jail and he wasn’t taken to the hospital until after he was revived.
What does that mean? So he was taken to the jail? His heart stopped on the way to the jail? But only after being at the jail did they take him to the hospital? Did they revive him at the jail or in the ambulance on the way to the jail?
When Hentges was asked those questions, he provided some answers by forwarding an email to The Free Press that was sent to him by Todd Miller, director of Public Safety.
The email said Layton “immediately became combative” and fought “violently” with the first officer who arrived at the scene. It also confirmed a tasing device had been used on Layton.
So Layton was found unconscious at a Hy-Vee; Became "immediately combative" and "fought violently" with the first officer and, was at some point, tasered.
“The officer called for assistance and additional officers and a commander responded to the scene,” Miller’s email said. “During the struggle, the individual did not respond to officer’s (sic) repeated commands and subsequently was tased twice in an effort to control him.”
Officers were able to handcuff Layton and identify him as someone they had been in contact with before. A Gold Cross Ambulance crew was called because the officers were concerned about how violent he had been and suspected he had been using drugs.
But had Layton's heart stopped at this point? Or was it after he was already on his way to jail via ambulance? Yes; ON his way to JAIL via ambulance.
“An ambulance was summoned for Mr. Layton and for reasons that remain as of yet unclear, Gold Cross Ambulance personnel transported Mr. Layton, along with two Mankato police officers riding in the ambulance, to the Blue Earth County Justice Center.”
So...when did his heart stop? It seems his body (at least) made it to jail [via ambulance] and then at some point his body was taken to the hospital? Via same ambulance?
Update: Read CopBlock's Who is Responsible for Andrew Layton's Death
Andrew Layton, a former combat medic, assigned to 492nd Engineer Company, was honorably discharged in March 2012. Ten months later he died while in the custody of Mankato police employees Daniel Best, Kenneth Baker, Kyley Groby, Audrey Burgess and Craig Frericks. So what happened?