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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Man slits his own throat after officer Tasers him

According to AZ Central News, Surprise police deployed a Taser on a man early Tuesday as he held a knife on a Surprise street. The man then slit his own throat and died, authorities said.

An officer had stopped the 43-year-old man as he drove in a neighborhood near 163rd Avenue and Jomax Road hours after he was reportedly involved in a domestic-violence incident, said Sgt. Mark Ortega.

When the man displayed a large kitchen knife, the officer asked him to drop his weapon. When he did not, the officer used the Taser, Ortega said.  

At the same time, the man was holding a knife to his throat. He cut himself across the neck, Ortega said.

Other officers responded to the scene just after 2:40 a.m. and police attempted to provide care before firefighters arrived.

The Surprise man was airlifted to John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital where he was soon pronounced dead. Read More HERE

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