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Man Stops Breathing While in Mankato Police Custody, Later Dies

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MANKATO , MINN. -

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the death of a North Mankato man that stopped breathing while in police custody.

According to the Mankato Department of Public Safety, it happened on New Year's Day just after 4:30am in a grocery store parking lot on Riverfront Drive.  Authorities say Andrew Derek Layton, 26, was found passed out in the store's entry-way.  Police say they woke Layton up, and he became combative.

Authorities say he was taken to the Blue Earth County jail by ambulance.  Once they got to the jail, they found Layton was not breathing and had no pulse.  Life-saving measures were taken and Layton was taken to the hospital.

Layton died on Saturday, January 5th.  He was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner for an autopsy.  Results are pending.