(CBS) MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Miami Beach police say an 18-year-old died after being shocked with a stun gun as he resisted arrest for spraying graffiti.
Chief Ray Martinez told the Miami Herald that officers spotted Israel Hernandez painting graffiti on an abandoned fast-food restaurant early Tuesday. Martinez said the teen ran, but was eventually cornered.
He said Hernandez then ran at the officers and one shot him with a taser in the chest. The teen went into medical duress and died at a hospital.
The teen's friends told the Herald that Hernandez was originally from Colombia.
His teachers at Miami Beach High School said he was a talented artist and photographer.
CBS Miami reports the teen's cause of death has not been determined and that police said an investigation is ongoing.