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Foul play ruled out in MTI student's death

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

An 18-year-old man found dead Wednesday in a Mitchell apartment does not appear to be the victim of foul play, according to the Mitchell Police Division.

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A written police statement issued Thursday afternoon confirmed the deceased man’s identity as 18-year-old Paul Jackson, a Mitchell Technical Institute student from Brandon.

Emergency personnel were sent to 2221 N. Kimball St., Apt. 3, around 12:12 p.m. Wednesday after Jackson’s roommate reported the death.

Investigators received preliminary autopsy results Thursday but will probably have to wait several weeks for a full report, according to Mitchell Police Detective Lt. Don Everson.

“We know what didn’t happen but we’re still waiting on some results,” Everson said. “You don’t always have an exact cause.”

The investigation is still ongoing, Everson said.

Staff at MTI were officially notified of Jackson’s death later Wednesday, according to Julie Brookbank, MTI’s director of marketing and public information.

“We try to offer as much support as we can to anyone involved,” Brookbank said. “Particularly to the young man’s family and friends.”

It isn’t the first time MTI has lost a student.

Most recently, on Dec. 4, 2010, 19-year-old Matt Montag was accidentally shot and killed with a shotgun at a rental home in Mitchell. Montag was a student at MTI at the time.

William Davis, the man who accidentally shot Montag, was also an MTI student. Davis eventually pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to a 10-year suspended prison sentence, but was also ordered to serve 168 days in prison.

“When you have the sheer number of students we have, unfortunately these things happen,” Brookbank said. “It’s always hard. It’s never easy.”

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