Tyrone West cause of death released, investigation continues

Tyrone West died of a heart failure that was "complicated by dehydration during police restraint," according to a press release issued by Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein. West died on July 18 after city police stopped him in a Mercedes for a traffic violation. Witnesses

police pepper-sprayed and beat West after he put his hands up, and the police involved in the action were placed on paid leave. West's family has

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ever since. Most autopsy reports are completed within 90 days. The Office of Chief State Medical Examiner finished this one last week, 145 days after the incident, and did not say who is responsible for the death. The "manner" of death is still undetermined, according to the State's Attorney's release:

The States Attorney's Office did not release the full report, saying it is still investigating and needs to keep the details secret to protect the integrity of that investigation. West, 44, was sentenced to 20 years for drug dealing in 2000. He was on parole when police stopped his car in July. Police

the car did not immediately stop and that West punch a police officer and ran.

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