An Indiana medical examiner’s office has been placed on administrative leave after he investigated a death from heatstroke, the Indianapolis Star reported.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) said the coroner was notified Monday by a doctor who worked at the medical examiner office that a doctor and a physician friend had died of heatstroke.
The IMPD said the medical examiners office has not responded to an inquiry from the Indianapolis City Council, but did not say when the investigation began.
The medical examiner, identified only as Brian in the report, decided to investigate the death after receiving a call from the coroner.
Brian said he received a call Monday from a medical examiner that the medical exams office had been placed into emergency suspension.
He said he has been told that he will not be able to report his findings.
Immediately upon learning of the medical issues, Brian took action, said IMPD Chief James Kavanagh.
He requested an internal investigation and investigation was conducted by the Indianapolis Police Department.
He also said the department is reviewing its policies and procedures related to medical examines.
The IMPD is in charge of all of the county’s medical examiner offices and will review any findings from the internal investigation.
The medical examiner said the incident is under investigation.
Brian told the Star he has received complaints about excessive use of force and the lack of proper training for medical examinees.
He added that he is very upset with the manner in which the investigation was handled.
Brian said he does not feel that he has any reason to resign or take any disciplinary action, but is taking a look at his options.
The chief said the office has a process in place for the removal of personnel who are deemed to have violated a policy.
Imagery from a surveillance camera shows a hot pink sedan on the highway.
The car was driven by a man in his mid-20s, who was in the car and driving erratically.
He was stopped for a traffic violation and was arrested and taken to a hospital.
The driver was released from the hospital and was identified as Anthony Bowers, the Star reported on Monday.
He has been charged with DUI, failure to yield the right of way, reckless driving and leaving the scene of a crash.
The Star reported that the police department said Bowers is in stable condition.
The crash happened at around 2 a.m.
Sunday on I-75.
The driver’s body camera captured the incident, but a witness told the paper that she saw no one in the vehicle.