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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Police officer says mentally ill man was given a Taser warning during struggle

July 14, 2009

HALIFAX, N.S. — An inquiry into the death of a mentally ill man heard today that Halifax police warned him he was going to be shot with a Taser.

Reading from a statement he gave to the RCMP after Howard Hyde was Tasered on Nov. 21, 2007, Const. Jonathan Edwards says he remembers the booking officer telling Hyde he was going to use the stun gun if he didn't co-operate.

Edwards says there was no time to take the cartridge out of the weapon and fire an electrical arc to warn Hyde because he was acting violently as he was being booked at police headquarters in Halifax.

Hyde, a 45-year-old schizophrenic, died 30 hours after he was shocked with the stun gun.

Edwards has testified that the short, heavy-set man was enough of a threat to at least three officers at the police station that they had to use the Taser.

The fatality inquiry is examining the events surrounding Hyde's death.

Police were called to his apartment in Dartmouth after his common-law spouse alleged he had assaulted her.

He died at a correctional facility after struggling with guards.

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