HIBBING - A rural Duluth man apparently committed suicide in the St. Louis County lockup facility in Hibbing on Sunday morning after being arrested during a traffic stop, according to information from the Hibbing Tribune.
Shane Ervin Fischer is formerly from New Ulm, according to an obituary submitted to The Journal.
Fischer, who would have turned 31on Monday, was arrested by the Minnesota State Patrol at 1:40 a.m. Sunday. He was booked into the 72-hour holding facility in the Hibbing courthouse at 2:13 a.m. on charges of DWI, fleeing in a motor vehicle, and first- and fourth-degree assault for attempting to disarm a state patrol trooper.
Fischer apparently committed suicide, using a bed sheet, shortly after lockup staff performed a routine welfare check. He was found unresponsive about 15 minutes later as staff members began delivering breakfast. Hibbing Fire and Ambulance was called shortly after 7 a.m. Efforts to revive Fischer failed, and he died of apparent asphyxiation, the Hibbing Tribune reported.
The facility, which can hold up to nine people for as long as 72 hours and is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The county has notified the DOC of the death, and the department will investigate to ensure that all procedures and regulations were followed.
The incident still is under investigation, with the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, Medical Examiner's Office and the Hibbing Police Department assisting.