The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 8, 2013

Peace disturbance at store precedes young man’s death


From staff reports

AIRPORT DRIVE, Mo. — An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today on the body of a 24-year-old man believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest Friday night at a convenience store in Airport Drive, where he had locked himself in a restroom and was heard hitting the walls and screaming.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Department said Ryne S. Millsap, of Springfield, died at a local hospital following the incident in the Fastrip store at 5869 N. Main St. Road.

Deputies responded to a call at 11:37 p.m. reporting a peace disturbance at the store where Millsap reportedly had locked himself in a restroom. Capt. Derek Walrod said Millsap had exited the restroom and deputies had made contact with him when he appeared to suffer a cardiac arrest. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Walrod said Millsap was not under arrest at the time of the apparent cardiac arrest, but he declined to discuss details of the contact that was taking place with deputies.

The autopsy is being conducted in Springfield.