Man Attacks N.M. Cops With Crucifix, Dies After Shock

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --

Albuquerque police confirm that one person is dead after being shocked with a Taser on Monday morning.

A man was stunned near the intersection of San Lorenzo Avenue and Fourth Street with a Taser.

Investigators said the problems started at a home a few blocks away on Mescalero. The suspect’s mother called police, saying that her son was out of control and throwing things.

Once police caught up with the man on his bicycle, they said he was very upset.

“That person became very upset. He actually attacked one of the officers holding a crucifix,” Albuquerque Police Department Chief Ray Schultz said.

Police said he continued to fight with several officers until he was stunned with a Taser at least one time.

“When rescue was here, he was actually apologizing to the officer for striking him with the cross, so he was conscious and talking,” Schultz said.

Linda Miller walked outside after hearing sirens and saw the man being attended to.

“Officers were helping him and paramedics and there was a lot of commotion,” Miller said.

Schultz said his condition took a dramatic turn and he died after being rushed to the hospital.

“He’s described as very large and overweight. We don't know if he had a heart attack or if he had a medical episode,” Schultz said.

Police are investigating to see if the stun gun caused his death.

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