Watch CBS News

Downriver Man Dies After Being Tasered By Police

GIBRALTAR (WWJ/AP) - Police say an assault suspect has died after an officer shocked the man with a stun gun during an arrest at a Downriver apartment complex.

The incident unfolded around 3:20 a.m. Thursday when police responded to a call about an assault in progress at an apartment complex on Gibraltar Road near West Jefferson Avenue.

When officers arrived on the scene, they encountered a man who was described in reports as "out of control" and assaulting the victim. At that point, one of the officers deployed a Taser in an attempt to subdue the man and take him man into custody.

The man began to show signs of medical complications and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say in a statement that a preliminary investigation shows "all department policies and procedures in this incident were followed and the officer's use of force was justified." An autopsy will be conducted to determine the man's exact cause of death.

The officer involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave.

The investigation has been turned over to Michigan State Police. The complaint will be turned over the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office for review when completed.

Names of those involved weren't immediately released.

TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2015 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.