DAWN WALTON AND JOSH WINGROVE
Globe and Mail
Thursday, Oct 30, 2008
CALGARY â€” A man in Edmonton has died after being hit “at least twice” with a taser as police attempted to quell a disturbance inside a pawn shop, officials said yesterday.
Police were called to Dan’s Pawn Shop in the city’s west end at about 11 a.m., responding to a report of a man smashing things and making threats.
“The officers located the suspect in a store, where he was acting erratic, threatening the occupants and breaking windows,” police spokesman Jeff Wuite said in a statement.
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Police deployed a taser “at least twice,” Mr. Wuite added, but it had no effect on the man.
That’s when the man ran at the two officers, police said. The officers wrestled him to the ground and placed him in handcuffs as the man continued to resist. At that point, the man lost consciousness and was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Police haven’t identified the man, but family members say he’s Trevor Grimolfson, 38. Born in Selkirk, Man., Mr. Grimolfson moved to Alberta more than a decade ago. He ran a tattoo parlour, and had brushes with the law, spending time in jail for minor crimes, said his aunt, Barb, who lives in Petersfield, Man. The woman, who didn’t want her last name published, said her family is reeling over the use of the taser on Mr. Grimolfson.
“They gotta stop that. They just gotta stop that. If he was out of hand, shoot him in the leg or something. It’s not going to kill him,” the grieving woman told The Globe and Mail last night. “Even if it was a serious crime or not, it doesn’t merit the tasering.”
The man had been in hospital earlier this week, and was, as such, “not in the best health to begin with,” his aunt said, but she believes the taser was an overreaction.
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