MOORHEAD — The 50-year-old Fargo man who died after his Tuesday, March 3, arrest struggled with officers before complaining of trouble breathing and losing consciousness, according to initial interviews with officers involved in the incident.
Officers with the High Plains Fugitive Task Force had moved to arrest Jeremy Robert Kelly around 1 p.m. Tuesday after he exited a Moorhead residence, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said.
Kelly, who was sought on felony warrants including failing to appear on a felony drug charge and fleeing police, ignored officers' commands and turned to run back into the home, officials said. The four officers were eventually able to handcuff Kelly, who complained of shortness of breath during the arrest.
Police called paramedics and Kelly fell unconscious as help arrived. He was brought to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo where he later died.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is handling the investigation and interviewing parties involved in the incident. The Ramsey County (Minn.) Medical Examiner will release the cause and manner of Kelly's death when toxicology testing and microscopic examination are complete.
The four High Plains Fugitive Task Force officers involved in the arrest are not being named by the Department of Public Safety, as releasing that information could reveal the identity of undercover law officers. Officials said the officers were with the Cass and Clay county sheriff’s offices and the Fargo and West Fargo police departments.
There is no body camera footage of the incident, but the BCA is looking into whether there is dash camera footage of the arrest.
Kelly was a local drug harm reduction advocate who played a part in founding Fargo-Moorhead's first needle exchange program.