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Monday, July 16, 2007

Man Dies After Police Taser

Denver - An unidentified man died early this morning after Denver police tasered him while trying to arrest him.

Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said police received a call around 3 a.m. about a man who was acting out of control in the 6000 block of West Yale Avenue.

When police arrived, they saw the man flailing around, striking objects and acting sporadically, Jackson said. Officers attempted to control him and stung him with a taser.

The jolt quieted the man and police then handcuffed him. Police also called for an ambulance for him as is standard practice anytime someone is tasered, Jackson said.

The man died en route to Denver Health Medical Center, Jackson said. His identity has not been released.

Jackson said police do not know why the man was acting wildly and an investigation is under way.

West Yale Avenue is closed to traffic during the investigation. Commuters are asked to take either West Hampden Avenue or West Jewel Avenue between Sheridan Street and Wadsworth Boulevard.

The Denver Post