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Police officer kills himself days after he ordered Taser shooting of naked man who fell to his death

UK Daily Mail [1]
Friday, Oct 3, 2008

A police lieutenant has apparently committed suicide days after he ordered another officer to fire a stun gun at a naked, distraught man who then fell to his death.

A police official says the lieutenant was found at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York, early today, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. It wasn’t clear when he died.

The lieutenant had ordered another officer to shock Inman Morales, who fell nearly 10ft to his death in Brooklyn, last week.

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The lieutenant was stripped of his gun and badge after the incident, and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly ordered refresher training on how to deal with emotionally disturbed people.

Morales, 35, was pronounced dead at a hospital after his fall. Police said he suffered serious head trauma when he hit the sidewalk.

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The death of the man, who witnesses and neighbors said had become distraught and had threatened to kill himself earlier in the day, raised questions over why Morales was shocked with the stun gun when there was no inflatable bag placed on the sidewalk to catch him if he fell.

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