Man Dies After Tussling With County Police; Taser to Blame?


Man Dies After Tussling With County Police

COMMENT: So is this another Taser death? Or is there another, unmentioned likely cause of death?

Sun Gazette
January 19, 2010

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — The Arlington County Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Unit is investigating the death that occurred after the man allegedly struggled with county police on Jan. 17.

[efoods]According to police, shortly after 8 p.m., an officer responded to the Pentagon City Metro station, searching for a larceny suspect. The male suspect was located on the Metro platform, and according to police was combative and uncooperative with an officer. He refused all verbal commands and assaulted the officer attempting to detain him, police said.

The officer deployed a Taser device, which did not have an incapacitating effect on the suspect who continued to struggle, police said.

A second officer arrived on scene and assisted handcuffing the suspect, police said. The officers summoned medics who transported the suspect to an area hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

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