Man who died after fight with Mandan police identified; autopsy underway

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UPDATE (2/10/2020 11:40 AM):

Mandan Police have released the identity of the man who died after a traffic stop.

Police say 36-year-old John Michael Prudente, Jr. died after being stopped by police, then fighting with them and resisting arrest. He became unresponsive after resisting arrest, according to a statement from police. An autopsy is being conducted today.

“The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is continuing their investigation,” the statement released Monday morning reads. “They are gathering evidence, conducting interviews, and reviewing audio and video.”


Mandan Police say a routine traffic stop ended with a 36-year-old man dying.

Police say a traffic stop happened on 3rd St. SW in Mandan Saturday night. The officers on scene said the driver of the vehicle a 36-year-old man drove away from the stop and parked at a nearby house.

When officers followed and approached the suspect Mandan Police say he began fighting with the officers. The suspect was eventually handcuffed but still resisted arrest.

Police in a statement to KX News say the man became limp and unresponsive. Metro Ambulance was called, and then man later died at the hospital.

The North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is conducting the investigation into the death, and two officers are now on administrative leave.

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