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What began as a shoplifting incident ended with the tragic dying of a excessive-rating Yonkers politician’s member of the family.

Jonathan Maldonado, the 21-yr-previous nephew of Yonkers Metropolis Council president-elect Mike Khader, was accused of stealing from BestBuy on Central Avenue in Greenburgh Wednesday night and swallowed an unknown sort of drug earlier than police arrived, Greenburgh police stated. 

He misplaced consciousness and went into cardiac arrest whereas within the ambulance, police stated. EMS personnel carried out CPR and superior life help, however it was unsuccessful and he was pronounced lifeless on the hospital at 6:fifty four p.m.

“My household suffered the tragic lack of my nephew yesterday,” Khader stated in a press release. “We’re speaking with regulation enforcement and nonetheless studying the small print of what passed off. Please respect my household’s privateness throughout this troublesome time.”

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The incident started around 5:50 p.m. BestBuy employees and security chased Maldonado and tackled him at Webb Field, near the intersection of Harvard Drive and North Central Avenue. When police caught up to them, he swallowed “several packets of an unknown substance,” according to police.

Officers used a Taser and still struggled to control him, police said. 

The three officers involved in the arrest were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and have been released. They have been placed on modified duty.

Greenburgh Police requested the assistance of the City of Yonkers Police Department for an independent law enforcement investigation. 

Also assisting with the investigation is the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Attorney General’s Office. 

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