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Monday, October 06, 2008

Man stopped breathing during incident with police

October 6, 2008
JOSHUA WOLFSON, Jackson Hole Star Tribune
Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The man police say became combative with two officers Friday afternoon stopped breathing during the incident, Chief Tom Pagel said this morning.

The man, identified by police as 38-year-old Troy Tackett, survived and was taken to Wyoming Medical Center, where he remains hospitalized.

During the incident, Tackett bit and struck the officers, who ultimately used a Taser in an effort to subdue him, Pagel said.

The officers had responded to a home near the intersection of West 21st and South Poplar streets for a report that a man helping an evicted tenant was being confrontational with the landlord.

The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident. So far, they have uncovered no areas of concern related to the officers' actions, Pagel said.

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