Aaron Boogaard, the brother of late NHL forward Derek Boogaard, has been arrested by Minnesota police on suspicion of prescription fraud and possession of prescription pills, and there's a chance the arrest could be linked to the May 13 death of the former Wild and Rangers enforcer.
Boogaard passed away due to a fatal, accidental mix of Oxycodone and alcohol, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. According a report in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Aaron Boogaard's July 20 arrest is linked to an alleged crime that took place on May 13, the day Boogaard's body was discovered in his apartment. That would lead one to believe that the two things are connected, at least in some form.
The police record listing Aaron Boogaard's arrest says that the date and time of his alleged crime is May 13, the same day that family members found Derek Boogaard, 28, dead in his Warehouse District apartment. The incident was listed as "dead on arrival."
No comment from Minneapolis police was immediately available. The Hennepin County Attorney's office has until noon Friday to charge him with a crime.
Boogaard's lawyer released a statement via the Star-Tribune that reads in part: "This a very unfortunate circumstance and we believe Aaron is involved because he may have potential information about a larger investigation. One thing is certain, the charges brought against Aaron have nothing to do with his brother, Derek Boogaard's death."
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