Chemult Death Investigation

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, September 5 2012 at 3:00 PM, Updated: Wed, September 5 2012 at 3:09 PM

Investigators are busy tonight trying to figure out why a man died after a burst of erratic behavior Tuesday morning in Chemult.

Klamath County Senior Deputy District Attorney Sharon Forster reports that the incident took place just before 10 Tuesday morning at the Chevron station in Chemult...

"Man, presented at the gas station there, with really erratic behavior, requesting EMT's to be called."

Witnesses told State Police the man was rolling in dirt, and running in and out of traffic before a group of bystanders called for an ambulance and physically restrained the man.

"He was still acting erratic."  Adds Forster.  "They were holding him down waiting for another transport for him, and he died."

State Police haven't released the name of the 52 year old man who died.

"To my knowledge, they have not notified the next of kin."  Explained Forster.  "We will be scheduling an autopsy, and we'll go from there."

Police are trying to piece together what may have happened prior to their arrival.

"He was not in custody."  Noted Forster.  "There was no criminal activity appeared to be involved.  Law enforcement was only called after he was pronounced dead."

State Police detectives are working with the Klamath County District Attorney's office on the investigation.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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