18-year-old Terrell Day (Screengrab via WTHR TV news report)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a teenage shoplifting suspect who died in Indianapolis police custody after complaining of breathing problems has hired an attorney to investigate the events leading up to his death.

A coroner says 18-year-old Terrell Day died of a heart attack in the back of an ambulance Saturday after twice complaining about having breathing problems.

Police say Day pulled a handgun during a shoplifting incident at a clothing store. He was arrested after police said they found him near a handgun in a grassy area not far from the store.

Day family attorney Nathaniel Lee tells The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1VrkSdh) the family is seeking answers “to determine exactly what occurred.”

Public safety officials said Tuesday that an investigation into Day’s death is ongoing. They offered condolences to his family.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com