March 18, 2012
The man was zapped with one of the devices after resisting arrest by police responding to reports of a convenience store robbery in Sydney’s central business district at about 5:30am, according to police.
He stopped breathing and could not be revived.
Acting assistant police commissioner Mark Walton said it was uncertain whether a robbery had actually taken place or if the stunned man had been involved.
“It’s unclear as to the involvement of this man or the extent of that actual incident. Whether it is a robbery or not is unclear at this time,” Walton told reporters.
New South Wales (NSW) Premier Barry O’Farrell would not be drawn on the incident until he had been fully briefed, but said his government had “always supported the use of Tasers as a non-lethal alternative” to guns.
This article was posted: Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 6:25 am