Man subdued by Taser dies at hospital

July 25, 2008 4:21:10 AM PDT
A man who may have been suffering from hallucinations is dead after he had a struggle with Dallas police who tased him outside his apartment. Dallas police identified the dead man as 46-year-old Richard Smith, who was initially outside his apartment late Wednesday, screaming, cursing and punching the air when Senior Cpl. Shawn Freeman and Officer Brenton Hughes said they arrived there.

The Dallas Morning News reports police tried to talk to him but he went back in his apartment and jumped out a second floor window.

The commander of the unit investigating the case, Sgt. Gary Kirkpatrick, said one of the officers used a Taser to shock Smith three times and they took him to a mental hospital.

He was given medicine but had a seizure and was taken to another hospital where he died.

Freeman and Hughes were placed on routine paid administrative leave yesterday while the incident is investigated.

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