UPDATE: The Allen County Coroner has identified the cause of death for the Fort Wayne police officer who died in the line of duty.
The coroner said the cause of death was determined to be Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease. The manner of death is natural.
A Fort Wayne police officer died in the line of duty after collapsing while returning to his police cruiser after a chase. Officers were chasing 49-year-old Patrick Faiers in an allegedly stolen truck through southeast Fort Wayne behind Candlelite Apartments off Airport Expressway when Faiers crashed into some woods.
50-year old David A. Tinsley, a 16-year veteran of the department, who'd been chasing the truck, ran with his officer in training to continue pursuing Faiers.
They found him a wooded area along the greenway.
Officer Tinsley collapsed on his way back to his police cruiser. Other officers searched for an AED while someone began CPR. The officer was rushed to the hospital, with police blocking intersections along the way. The officer was rushed inside but was pronounced dead a short time later.
The Fort Wayne Police Department is asking for the lowering of all flags to half-staff in honor of the fallen officer. Funeral details will be forthcoming.
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry released a statement regarding Tinsley's death. It reads as follows:
The Fort Wayne Police Department family and the entire City of Fort Wayne are mourning the loss of Fort Wayne Police Officer David A. Tinsley.
Officer Tinsley passed away while serving and protecting our community. Officer Tinsley was a respected and valued member of the FWPD team, and he will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Tinsley family during this most difficult time.
We’re fortunate to live in a community that appreciates and understands the important role that law enforcement has in our everyday lives. We’re a safer and stronger City because of the men and women of the FWPD.
I’ve asked that flags in the City of Fort Wayne remain at half-staff until the conclusion of Officer Tinsley’s funeral.