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Monday, March 23, 2009

Autopsy completed on Brett Elder, 15

By Rebecca Trylch
ABC News

BAY CITY (WJRT) -- Bay City police expect to release more information sometime today about what killed a 15-year-old boy after police used a Taser on him.

Family members tell us the victim's name is Brett Elder, although his friends called him "Dewey."

Bay City's deputy police chief did not want to speak on camera about Elder's death, but does say, despite reports from witnesses, Elder was not handcuffed when he was Tased.

Here is the timeline of what happened.

At 3:40 Sunday morning a 911 call was made. Witnesses said there was a fight in progress that included Elder.

According to police, at 3:44 the first units arrived, and officers tried to break up the fight.

Shortly thereafter, Elder went after other people in the house and police in a threatening manner.

At 3:53 an officer deployed his Taser. Elder was struck once in the chest.

Elder had a reaction at the same time, which included vomiting.

Police say an ambulance was called, and Elder was turned on his side to prevent choking.

Medical aid was then given when paramedics arrived.

Elder was then taken to Bay Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy was completed today, but the results have not been released just yet.
Bay City police tell us the officer involved is on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

Michigan State Police are handling the investigation into Elder's death.

1 comment:

Excited-Delirium.com said...

Prediction: Autopsy report will indicate that they didn't find anything. So they'll chalk it up as another mysterious taser-associated death with no proof of the tasered-dead connection.

Then again - who knows? I'll bet that the folks at Taser International are not getting much sleep right now.