NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) — An investigation is underway after State Police say a man at the center of a standoff in New Britain died after a stun gun was used to end the stalemate.
It started when police officers and swat team members tried to subdue the man in a building on Broad Street, a stand off developed, and then police used a stun gun on him. The man was rushed to the hospital where he died.
It all started on the top floor of a New Britain apartment building around 6:45 Monday night. The man who lives there was despondent and shouting threats. Carmine LaPosta lives next door, but was out last night. He had to hear about it from his landlord.
"And he said the guy next to you, he's throwing stuff out the window. I don't know what the heck he's doing," said LaPosta.
The man was throwing things out of his window at police below.
"It's kind of scary. Broad Street is a very popular street here in New Britain," said Gary Farrell.
"And this is not the kind of thing you expect to see on Broad Street," said News 8's Kent Pierce.
"No, not exactly," said Farrell.
Then the commotion stopped and New Britain police went upstairs to confront the man; all 6'8", 280 pounds of him.
"A fight broke out between the officers and the subject as they attempted to get the subject under control," said Lt. Paul Vance, CT State Police. "One of the New Britain officers was forced to use his department issued taser and taser the subject."
And normally, that's the right thing to do. Taser is supposed to be a non-lethal method of getting someone who is out of control, under control. In this case, however, that didn't happen.
"As they were removing him from the third floor, coming down the stairs, the individual experienced some medical difficulties and appeared to be rendered unconscious," said Lt. Vance.
"He died. Yeah, he went into cardiac arrest and he died at two o'clock this morning," said LaPosta.
This time, it was LaPosta telling his landlord that his neighbor passed away at New Britain Hospital. He says the man had recently stopped taking his medication.
"And these medications you're talking about are to keep him in his right frame of mind," asked Pierce.
"Yeah, that's what it was," LaPosta said. "The medications must have run out and that left him doing that kind of stuff. He was not all there, either. He was kind of a sick man."
The man's identity has not yet been released.
The medical examiner's office is now looking into exactly what caused his death.
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