Man dies after being tasered by police


Incident ID
Incident Title
Man dies after being tasered by police
Incident Date
24 October 2013
Incident Description
On Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:09 p.m., members of the Edmonton Police Service came upon an altercation involving a man and a woman in the area of 106A Avenue and 96 Street in Edmonton. The officers grappled with the man, punching, kicking and kneeing him, and trying to get him in a choke hold. One officer pressed a conducted energy weapon against his lower right abdomen and discharged it for five seconds. He fell to the ground but broke off the weapon's probes and stood up. He tried to walk away towards the Mustard Seed Church. The same officer reloaded and fired again, hitting him in the back with a blast that continued for 28 seconds, until after the officers had got the man into handcuffs on the ground. Lying on his stomach, with his hands cuffed behind him, he continued to struggle. More police officers arrived. Emergency Medical Services was called to help removing the Taser darts from him. Face-down on the ground, he was turned slightly so he could breathe more easily. But his eyes began to flutter, he gasped and aspirated fluid. His breathing became rapid and shallow. He was then repositioned so that he was lying on his back, with his hands handcuffed in front of him. At that point he appeared to stop breathing all together. He was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital where he was declared brain dead and pronounced dead a week after the altercation with the police on October 30, with cause of death described as "Hypoxic/Ischemic Encephalopathy by the antecedent cause of excited delirium syndrome
due to the underlying cause of methamphetamine toxicity" (Public Fatality Inquiry, 2016). A subsequent ASIRT investigation declined to recommend charges and found the officers' actions justified. A Public Fatality Inquiry recommended that "procedures for identifying and dealing with individuals exhibiting symptoms of excited delirium be set out in policies and procedures dealing with the police interaction with all individuals and not limited to those policies and procedures dealing with the use of force", and that police officers be trained to call for emergency medical assistance as soon as they identify that someone is experiencing excited delirium syndrome regardless of the need for police intervention (Public Fatality Inquiry, 2016).
Description Type
Non-eyewitness, based on documentation
Incident City
Incident Neighbourhood
Injuries Incurred
Brain damage
Weapon used
Type of Abuse
Physical violence
Fatal violence
Victim Gender
Victim Race
East Asian
Authority Involved
Edmonton Police Service
Officer Physical Description
Multiple officers
Submission Source
Research team
From published source
Archive Publication Date
2 May 2022
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