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News, State/Region — February 18, 2013 at 2:27 pm

St. Paul police officer died of heart attack complications after pursuing teen who fled

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP)— St. Paul police say a 30-year-old officer who twice received the department’s Life Saving Award died of complications after a heart attack.

Officer Josh Lynaugh died early Saturday after he suffered the heart attack more than a week earlier during a foot pursuit.

According to a police statement, Lynaugh and his partner saw a male acting suspiciously, possibly hiding, but when they turned their squad around he ran away.

The five-year veteran along with a police dog and its handler found the teen, who was issued a juvenile citation for fleeing on foot and for violating curfew.

Police say Lynaugh became ill after the teen was discovered and paramedics were called and he was taken to a hospital. he then later died on Saturday.

He had earned 16 commendations and letters of recognition.

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