Police: Heart attack led to St. Paul cop's death

St. Paul police say a five-year veteran officer who died over the weekend suffered a heart attack on duty after a foot chase a week before.

The department said Lynaugh and his partner were on patrol on the city's East Side after 10 p.m. on February 8th when they noticed a suspicious male, who appeared to be hiding. They turned their car around, and the suspect fled on foot. Lynaugh and a police dog later found the suspect.

He was identified as a teenager and issued a citation for curfew violation and fleeing.

Lynaugh became ill after the chase and was taken to Regions Hospital, where he was found to have suffered a heart attack.

Lynaugh was the son of another police officer, retired Sgt. Tim Lynaugh. He had earned 16 commendations and letters of recognition.

Details of Josh Lynaugh's funeral services are still pending.

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