BCA investigates death at LEC

MARSHALL – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating the circumstances of a Marshall man who died Saturday outside of the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner identified the deceased as 53-year-old Raul Bautista Avalos. The medical examiner said Bautista-Avalos’ death appears to be accidental.

Toxicology results are pending.

According to the BCA’s preliminary investigation, Bautista-Avalos came to the Marshall Police Department around 2:30 a.m. Saturday appearing highly intoxicated and requesting a ride home. He was told to wait in the lobby area where an officer would come speak to him, the BCA said. When the officer arrived a few minutes later, Bautista-Avalos had left the police department.

Around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, a Lyon County Sheriff’s Office deputy arriving for an afternoon shift entered his vehicle and found Bautista-Avalos dead in the front seat, the BCA said. The investigation suggests Bautista-Avalos left the police department and entered the squad, which was parked at the back of the parking lot, through an unlocked back door. When Bautista-Avalos was unable to reopen the back door, it is thought that he climbed through a 1-by-1 foot window in the Plexiglass barrier to the front seat where he was later located.

Investigators do not suspect foul play in his death, the BCA said.

The BCA’s investigation is ongoing. The BCA is conducting its investigation with assistance from the Marshall Police Department.