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State police investigate Carpentersville man's death

Published: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 10:26 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 11:54 p.m. CDT

CARPENTERSVILLE – State police are investigating the death of a 31-year-old Carpentersville man who died after he was taken to a hospital following a traffic stop.

The Carpentersville Police Department released an official statement Saturday confirming local police officials asked the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit to investigate the death of Joshua Paul, who died one day after a traffic stop Aug. 17.

According to a Carpentersville Police news release, officers stopped Paul for a traffic violation and on the belief he was operating the vehicle without a license and was wanted on an outstanding warrant for additional traffic violations.

Officers informed Paul he was under arrest on the outstanding warrant and Paul attempted to re-enter his vehicle. A brief struggle ensued as officers attempted to place Paul under arrest and he suffered a laceration to his chin, according to the release.

Officers then called paramedics who transported Paul to Sherman Hospital in Elgin where he was treated for the laceration. Medical personnel advised the officers Paul needed further medical treatment beyond the laceration. Paul died the next day.

Kane County Coroner Rob Russell has completed an autopsy but has declined to release the results. The two officers who conducted the stop will remain on active duty, police officials said. No timetable for the investigation was given.

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