Police cleared in case of man who died during altercation
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Burleigh County prosecutors said Thursday that no charges will be filed in the August death of a man who instigated a fight with officers and then suffered a medical emergency.
An autopsy shows that Ryan Pederson, 43, had potentially lethal amounts of amphetamine and methamphetamine in his system that played a factor in his death, prosecutors said. It was determined that the conduct by officers, including one shock with a Taser, did not cause Pederson’s death.
The incident happened after police responded to a report of someone acting erratically and screaming outside of a residence. Officers found Pederson running from the area and attempting to jump a privacy fence into the neighboring property.
Police say Pederson became aggressive and threatened to kill them, then advanced toward the officers and began fighting with them while they attempted to arrest him. He then suffered a medical issue, authorities said.
Life saving efforts were performed by officers, fire and ambulance personnel on scene. He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.