Man Shocked with Denver Officer's Taser Dies


A man died after being shocked by a Denver police officer's Taser gun early Monday morning.

Police were called to Yale Avenue and Fenton Street at about 3:15 a.m. on reports of a disturbance. When officers arrived, they found a man out of control, flailing around and hitting cars, said Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson.

The man refused police orders to stay still and calm down, and at one point charged at officers, so a police officer shocked him to subdue him, Jackson said.

Paramedics were called and the man was taken to Denver Health, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are still at the scene investigating.

The man's identity has not been released.

An autopsy will be needed to confirm his cause of death.

Yale Avenue between Wadsworth Boulevard and Sheridan Boulevard is shut down for the investigation and may be closed for most of the morning.

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