Investigation under way in death of Logan man hit twice by Taser

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 23 2013 9:08 p.m. MST

LOGAN — An investigation is under way into the death of a Logan man who died Jan. 17 after police and hospital security allegedly hit him twice with a Taser.

Logan Assistant Police Chief Jeff Curtis said officers responded to the 49-year-old man's home following reports he was screaming and acting strangely. The man was "yelling at Satan" and would not comply with officers' orders, Curtis said.

When the man reached inside the doorway, saying he was getting a gun and refusing to show his hands, officers deployed a Taser. The man was taken into custody, and paramedics were called in to attend to the man and transport him to Logan Regional Hospital.

After the man calmed down, he was interviewed by police, cited for disorderly conduct, and released into hospital custody, police said.

About three hours later, dispatch was alerted that the same man was fighting with security personnel at Logan Regional Hospital. A Taser was again deployed, this time by hospital security, and police arrived to find the man in full cardiac arrest. Life-saving efforts where unsuccessful.

The man's identity was not released Wednesday night. The Weber County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.

McKenzie Romero

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