Chief Steve Reed, of the Fort Wayne Police Department in Indiana, sadly reports the death of Officer David Tinsley.
Officer Tinsley, 50, died after he suffered a cardiac medical emergency.
Tinsley was assisting other officers with a canine track following a vehicle pursuit, which turned into a foot chase of a suspect who had been operating a stolen auto. He was also serving as a field training officer.
Tinsley ran the foot pursuit with his K9 partner and the suspect was located and taken into custody. Following the pursuit, Tinsley was walking back to his patrol vehicle when he suddenly collapsed.
Tinsley’s partner called for assistance and immediately rendered emergency first aid, which included CPR and the use of an AED. He was transported to St. Joseph Hospital where he died a short time after his arrival.
In a statement, Mayor Tom Henry said the entire city is mourning Tinsley’s death.
Officer Tinsley passed away while serving and protecting our community. (He) was a respected and valued member of the FWPD team, and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Tinsley family during this most difficult time. We’re fortunate to live in a community that appreciates and understands the important role that law enforcement has in our everyday lives. We’re a safer and stronger city because of the men and women of the FWPD.
Fort Wayne police officer dies following pursuit https://t.co/oZpKJq2fBY HERO DOWN!! Officer David A. Tinsley, suffered a heart attack whilst in pursuit. God bless him. Thoughts and prayers with his loved ones and PD. When a Hero falls an Angel rises. #blesstheblue #irishangel
— Blue Irish Angel (@BlueIrishAngel) September 12, 2018
— ODMP.org (@ODMP) September 11, 2018
David Tinsley served the Fort Wayne Police Department for 16 years. His family survives him.
Officer David Tinsley is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Monday, September 10, 2018.