Investigation continues into inmate’s death

BAYPORT — An investigation continues into the death late last week of an inmate at Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater in Bayport.

Around 1:30 p.m. June 21, the Bayport Police and Bayport Fire Department Rescue Personnel responded to call about an inmate with medical issues. Rescue personnel performed CPR on the inmate identified as 30-year-old William Duane Lazzaro, according to police.

Lazzaro was then transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he was pronounced dead, according to the state Department of Corrections.

Bayport Police and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the circumstances of Lazzaro’s death. The cause of the inmate’s death is pending an autopsy by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

When asked whether an investigation is typical, especially in the circumstances of Lazzaro’s death, DOC spokesman John Schadl said it depends.

“It depends on the circumstances. There was an incident before the issues occurred and he was transported to Regions Hospital where he was pronounced dead of natural causes. It’s standard procedure to work with other agencies when there is an investigation regarding your facility,” he said.

Schadl did not elaborate on the incident involving Lazzaro.

Lazarro was sentenced to prison in October after a probation violation in Itasca County. In 2011, he was issued sentences of 79 months on a DWI charge and 39 months on an assault charge.

BCA spokeswoman Jill Oliveira said the investigation into Lazzaro’s death is ongoing.