Man dies in hospital after Calgary police use Taser during arrest on weekend


Canadian Press
November 3, 2008

Calgary police say a man has died in hospital after officers used a Taser while arresting him on the weekend.

It’s the second time in less than a week a person has died after Alberta police used a stun gun during an arrest. Calgary police say the dead man in this latest case is Gordon Walker Bowe, 30, from Castlegar, B.C. Bowe was rushed to hospital Saturday night in critical condition after police responded to calls about a break-and-enter.

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Officers found a man in a basement of a home. They say the man was agitated and wouldn’t follow commands. An attempt to subdue him with a Taser was unsuccessful.

Neighbours reported hearing “a ruckus” from the house, which was vacant, and that it sounded like the man was trying to get away from police.

Police say he was eventually arrested, but went into medical distress while being assessed by paramedics. They could not say over the weekend whether the weapon had actually jolted the man or not.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team was on the scene Saturday night, and had taken over the investigation Monday.

The independent organization reviews incidents involving police forces in Alberta.

It is also reviewing the death of a man in Edmonton last week after being confronted by police in a pawn shop.

Trevor Grimolfson died Wednesday after police responded to reports of an assault and a man trashing the pawn shop, and deployed their stun guns in an attempt to subdue him.

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