Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
Officers, suspect identified in death investigation
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a Rochester man who died Friday evening as Rochester Police Department investigators attempted to arrest him.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the man as Mark Adam Prom, 39, of 19 13th Avenue East in Rochester.
The BCA’s preliminary investigation finds that around 6 p.m. on October 19 Rochester Police Department investigators Lesley Kenyon and David Drees attempted to arrest Prom near his home on a felony warrant. Prom fled the officers on foot. When Investigator Kenyon caught up with Prom in his driveway he began assaulting Kenyon. Investigator David Drees arrived almost immediately afterward and witnessed the assault in progress. Drees and Kenyon ultimately subdued Prom and were attempting to handcuff him when Prom became unresponsive.
The two investigators and first responders attempted to resuscitate Prom without success. He was taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester where he was pronounced dead. Investigators Kenyon and Drees were both treated at St. Mary’s Hospital for minor injuries and released.
Investigator David Daniel Drees is a 17 year veteran with the Rochester Police Department. Investigator Lesley Ann Kenyon has been with the department for four years. Both are on standard administrative leave.
The BCA investigation into this incident is ongoing. Information on the cause and manner of Prom’s death, once known, will be released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.
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