DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – The death of a Manchester man who died as he was taken into custody after an incident at a Dubuque bar has been ruled a homicide but not necessarily a crime.
The ruling comes in the May 7th death of 43-year-old Chad Cupps, who used to live in Dubuque.
John Kraemer with the Iowa Medical Examiner’s Office says the medical definition of homicide states that the actions of a person led to or contributed to another person’s death. He says his office’s use of the term doesn’t imply criminal activity.
Dubuque police say investigative materials have been given to state investigators for an independent review.
Police say Cupps resisted officers when they tried arresting him, so they used pepper spray on him. He became unresponsive shortly after.