INDIANAPOLIS — Multiple police officers were put on leave after a man died while police were trying to detain him Monday when responding to a mental health-related call.
The man, who has not been identified, was struck in the chest with stun gun and then was handcuffed, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement.
Officers responded to a home in northeast Indianapolis early Monday morning after a man reported his adult son was experiencing a mental health issue and needed an ambulance. When officers arrived, they called for an ambulance and observed the adult son was walking around the house without clothes, sweating and bleeding from his mouth.
Officers reported that the man was moving throughout the house and out of sight. They tried to communicate with the man to prepare him for transportation by an ambulance, according to police.
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After more than 10 minutes of negotiating and using de-escalation tactics, the man quickly moved toward an officer, Indianapolis police said. An officer then deployed his deployed his stun gun, striking the man in the chest with at least one of the two prongs.
“The officer activated the Taser twice and the man continued to resist after the deployment of the Taser,” police said in the news release.
Officers then restrained the man with two pairs of handcuffed linked together, which police said were used due to the man’s size.
When medics — who were waiting outside and came in after officers said it was safe — asked the man to roll over, he did not respond. They checked for a pulse, unhandcuffed him and began CPR, police said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police did not say how many officers were involved or placed on administrative leave. Multiple officers were wearing body-worn cameras that were activated, police said.
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Indy police’s critical incident respond team and internal affairs department are conducting separate investigations. A civilian-majority use of force review board will launch its own investigation after the criminal and administrative investigations are complete, police said.
The man’s cause of death has not yet been determined by the Marion County Coroner’s Office, which will release his identity after next of kin are notified.
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