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British Columbia - A Canadian man died Saturday, four days after police used a Taser stun-gun on him because he reportedly was acting erratically in a store, police said. He was the third person to die in recent weeks in Canada after being shocked by the hand-held weapon.
Robert Knipstrom, 36, died in a hospital after two officers used pepper spray, a Taser and their batons to subdue the British Columbia resident. Police earlier said Knipstrom was extremely agitated, aggressive and combative with the two officers who responded. He was conscious and speaking when he was taken to the hospital.
The cause of death has yet to be determined. Although a Taser was used against Knipstrom, it was not immediately clear what role, if any, it played in his death, said Inspector Brendan Fitzpatrick.
Hyde, diagnosed in the 1980s as a paranoid schizophrenic, .....
Hyde was off his medications when police Tasered him, she said. His death shocked her doubly because he was generally fit. "Physically, he was strong as an ox."
Blair said Hyde had been Tasered before, in 2005, when he refused medication and went into a psychotic state. She said that incident left him with a fear of the device.
Halifax Deputy Chief Tony Burbridge said Hyde was shocked once or twice after a "violent" struggle with two police officers and a booking officer at the Dartmouth jail.
"He went into medical distress, was taken to hospital where he was cleared and released to police and sent to jail yesterday (Wednesday)," he said. He died there about 30 hours after being Tasered.
Originally posted by jerico65
...did he get combative to the officers?
Police earlier said Knipstrom was extremely agitated, aggressive and combative with the two officers who responded. He was conscious and speaking when he was taken to the hospital.