A former Indiana police chief has died after he was attacked by hornets and stung more than 40 times, officials said.
Larry Crenshaw, 59, a former chief of the Anderson Police Department, was hunting with a friend Sunday in Brookville when the bugs went after them, the Herald Bulletin reported.
“They were attacked by numerous hornets,” Rush County Coroner Ron Jarman said. “Larry was stung over 40 times and shortly after began to have issues with shortness of breath and collapsed in the woods.”
Crenshaw’s friend went to get help since neither of the men had a cellphone on them, the coroner said.
The pal called 911 at a nearby home, then got help from other people to get Crenshaw out of the woods, Jarman said.
Crenshaw was taken to Rush Memorial Hospital, where he died a short time later, the outlet reported.
His cause of death was ruled a heart attack due to anaphylactic shock, which is an extreme allergic reaction, the coroner said.
“This was a tragic accident,” Jarman said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Crenshaw family and friends.”
Crenshaw had been a 26-year veteran of the police department and served as chief from 2012 to 2015.
He was working as a detective in the investigations division at the time of his death, the outlet reported.
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