ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man who died on Saturday, August 31 outside of the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner identified the deceased as Raul Bautista-Avalos, 53, of 509 Saratoga Street in Marshall. The medical examiner says Bautista-Avalos’ death appears to be accidental. Toxicology test results are pending.
According to the BCA’s preliminary investigation, Bautista-Avalos came to the Marshall Police Department at 611 West Main Street in Marshall around 2:30 a.m. Saturday appearing highly intoxicated and requesting a ride home. He was told to wait in the lobby area where an officer would come to speak with him. When the officer arrived a few minutes later Bautista-Avalos had left the police department.
Around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, a Lyon County Sheriff’s Office deputy arriving for an afternoon shift entered his vehicle and found Bautista-Avalos deceased in the front seat. The investigation suggests Bautista-Avalos left the police department and entered the squad, which was parked at the back of the parking lot, through an unlocked back door. When Bautista-Avalos was unable to re-open the back door, it appears he climbed through a 1-by-1 foot window in the Plexiglas barrier to the front seat where he was later located. Investigators do not suspect foul play in his death.
The BCA’s investigation is ongoing. The BCA is conducting its investigation with assistance from the Marshall Police Department.