Update: Man who died of medical emergency after altercation with Bismarck police is identified

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Update 8/9: Bismarck Police identified Ryan Pederson, 43, of Bismarck, ND as the individual that died of a medical emergency after engaging in a physical fight with Bismarck police officers early on the morning of August 7, 2021.

Original story 8/7: Saturday, Bismarck Police reported that a man suffered a medical emergency that occurred during an altercation with officers, and was later pronounced dead.

Police say they responded to the 300 block of East Turnpike Avenue at 12:44 a.m. Saturday for a report of a man screaming outside a residence. When officers arrived, the person was trying to jump a fence into another property.

Police made contact with the person, at which point, the man became aggressive and threatened to kill them. Police say he came toward the officers and fought with them while they were trying to put him into custody.

During the altercation, the man suffered a medical emergency. Officers, fire and ambulance personnel attempted lifesaving measures. The man was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating. The man’s name is being withheld and will be released at a later time, according to police.

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