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A Minnesota Man With an Outstanding Warrant Was Fleeing Cops. Then, He Hid in a Freezer, Got Trapped and Died, Officials Say.

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Source: UNSPLASH

Jul. 10 2023, Published 3:07 p.m. ET

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A Minnesota man suspected of running from cops locked himself in a freezer inside an abandoned home and died, authorities said.

Brandon Lee Buschman, 34, was recently found dead in a chest freezer located in the basement of an unoccupied home in Biwabik, the Duluth News Tribune reported.

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Police said the home had been empty since last winter.

Investigators believe Buschman, who had an active warrant out for his arrest, got into the older-model freezer with a latching mechanism and was unable to get back out.

“When closed, the freezer is not capable of being pushed open from inside,” the Gilbert Police Department said.

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Foul play is not suspected, and an autopsy determined Buschman had not suffered trauma or injury.

“Investigators conducted several interviews with individuals familiar with Buschman,” police said. “The individuals revealed that Bushman was last seen by those present in the home fleeing from the upstairs area of the house due to a possible police presence near the residence... .”

“The reports from the individuals were very unclear to us as to exactly when it was that Buschman had fled,” Lt. Chelsea Trucano told the News Tribune.

Police did not disclose why Buschman had a warrant for his arrest.

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