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SportPolice arrest man on suspicion of manslaughter after Johnson death

Police arrest man on suspicion of manslaughter after Johnson death

South Yorkshire Police have arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of ice hockey player Adam Johnson during an Elite League game last month.

Johnson was playing for the Nottingham Panthers against the Sheffield Steelers on October 28 when he was caught around the neck by a skate. He died later in hospital.

Detective Chief Superintendent Becs Horsfall of South Yorkshire Police said in a statement: “Our investigation launched immediately following this tragedy and we have been carrying out extensive enquiries ever since to piece together the events which led to the loss of Adam in these unprecedented circumstances.

“We have been speaking to highly specialised experts in their field to assist in our inquiries and continue to work closely with the health and safety department at Sheffield City Council, which is supporting our ongoing investigation.

“Adam’s death has sent shockwaves through many communities, from our local residents here in Sheffield to ice hockey fans across the world.

“We know these communities will expect us to handle this investigation with the same professionalism, fairness and sensitivity as any other and request that members of the public refrain from comment and speculation which could hinder this process.

“Our thoughts remain with all affected by this devastating incident as enquiries continue.”

American Johnson was laid to rest in his native Minnesota last week.

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