A man who killed himself after his apartment was raided by police as a part of an investigation into child pornography in New Haven, Connecticut, had previously worked as a director for Planned Parenthood.
“The person who died was definitely the suspect in a child pornography investigation and the person who committed suicide,” said New Haven police chief Karl Jacobson to the Middletown Press.
The Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner confirmed that 35-year-old Tim Yergeau had died as a result of a suicide on Tuesday.
Yergeau had previously worked as the director of strategic communications for the Planned Parenthood of Southern New England.
Police botched the raid at Yergeau’s apartment on April 6 when they accidentally went to the wrong residence and broke down the door to his neighbor’s unit. The neighbor, Stacey Wezenter, said they raided her apartment and placed her in handcuffs before realizing they were at the wrong apartment.
“I started running down the hallway, it was just like a movie. They had guns and flashlights on me,” Wezenter recalled. “They put me against the wall and handcuffed me.
The search warrant allowed police to investigate Yergeau’s electronic devices, but he was not arrested at that time.
“It was an open investigation, so he knew he was going to be arrested,” said Jacobson.
Five days after the botched raid, Yergeau was found dead in his apartment.
Jacobson said officials would not release the search warrant or information on what was found in Yergeau’s apartment until they had determined that no one else was involved in the case.
The police chief has ordered an internal affairs investigation into the actions of the Special Victims Unit over the botched raid.
Yergeau had a large social media imprint and left behind many posts on his Instagram account devoted to liberal causes, including the LGBTQ movement.
He also posted about his hatred for Glenn Beck, the founder of TheBlaze.
At the time of the police raid, Yergeau had been working as the communications director for the Long Wharf Theatre, but it has since scrubbed its announcement of his hiring.
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