Police identify taser victim

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A MAN who died in hospital after being tasered by police during a struggle in East Perth yesterday has been identified.

Police say the man who died was 40 years old, but have yet to release his name to allow more time for his family to be notified.

The man allegedly tried to grab an officer’s gun and repeatedly bit an officer on the arm while police were trying to subdue and restrain him. Two policemen received treatment in hospital after being injured in the incident.

Police say two officers were responding to a robbery at Officeworks on Lord Street in East Perth about 11.35am yesterday when they discovered a man who “required urgent medical assistance”.

It is understood the man was in some kind of psychosis but became aggressive when the officers tried to help him.

A struggle ensued and the man allegedly tried to grab a police gun and repeatedly bit one officer on the arm. Another officer received cuts, scratches and bruises trying to restrain him.

One officer allegedly used a taser but police have not revealed if it was effective.


media_cameraPolice gather at the scene in East Perth yesterday.

A spokesman said as officers tried to subdue and restrain the man, he became unresponsive.

They administered first aid until paramedics arrived and the man was taken to Royal Perth Hospital, but he died.

Today, police asked that a man who visited the Perth Police Station yesterday about 1pm saying he had information to assist in this investigation to again come forward.

Major Crime Squad and Internal Affairs Unit officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au



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