Autopsy finds bath salts killed suspect in death

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — An autopsy found that a southwest Missouri man who died after a confrontation with law officers had used a synthetic compound known as bath salts.

Thirty-two-year-old Joshua Amir Nossoughi (noh-SOO’-gee) of Springfield died last July after officers found him naked and professing to be God while he was trying to break into the Battlefield city hall.

The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://sgfnow.co/H97QAv ) recently released reports say the 32-year-old man was unfazed by five separate Taser shocks, pepper spray and two dozen baton strikes to his legs. Officers finally got him to a hospital, where he died.

The compound found in his blood and liver was MDPV, which was a legal synthetic substance at the time but is now illegal. The autopsy said his body temperature was 105 degrees when he died.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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