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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Nineteen year old male dies after police in California use Taser on him

Frank Cleo Sutphin, 19, San Bernardino, California

October 18, 2009
Associated Press

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Police say a 19-year-old man has died in Southern California after officers used a Taser to subdue him at a board-and-care facility.

A San Bernardino police department statement says the man died at a hospital early Saturday.

The department says officers had been summoned to the facility to investigate a fight involving three people late Friday night.

Police say officers separated the trio but "one of the subjects became combative and a Taser was deployed to control him."

The man was having trouble breathing, and police called paramedics. He was pronounced dead at a hospital about an hour later.

The man's name and cause of death haven't been released.

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