Fort Wayne police officer died of cardiovascular disease

Medical examiners have released the cause of death for a Fort Wayne police officer who collapsed following a foot chase.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday that 50-year-old Officer David A. Tinsley died of cardiovascular disease.

Tinsley collapsed Monday night after the chase that resulted in the arrest of a suspect. Police say the 16-year veteran was returning to his vehicle at the time. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Governor Eric Holcomb issued a statement Wednesday saying “Officer Tinsley was a true Hoosier hero, who died protecting his community.”

The suspect that Tinsley helped arrest is facing charges including resisting law enforcement.