A former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson has died around 90 minutes after he was Tasered by police.
It was gathered that officers of the West Mercia Police were called to a home in Meadow Close, Telford, Shrophire in the early hours of this morning, August 15, amid concerns “for the safety of an individual” and a Taser was used.
The 48-year-old died about 90 minutes after he was given medical treatment after being hit by a stun gun at around 1.30am on Monday.
A source said: “I had known him since he was a little boy; he was a famous footballer at one time. He was friendly; he had no trouble that I know of.”
An ambulance spokesman said while the man was being taken to Princess Royal Hospital his condition deteriorated and he suffered a cardiac arrest.
The ambulance spokesman said: “We were called by West Mercia Police to an address in Meadow Close in the Trench area of Telford at about 1.45am this morning.
“An ambulance was dispatched and upon arrival found a man who had been Tasered.
“As he was being conveyed to Princess Royal Hospital, his condition deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest.
“Despite the efforts of the crew and hospital staff, it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at hospital, shortly after arrival.”
The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
The force put a statement on its website which read: “West Mercia Police can confirm that officers responded to a report for the concern for the safety of an individual at approximately 1.30am this morning at an address in Telford.
“Upon arrival Taser was deployed and a 48-year-old man, who subsequently received medical attention, was pronounced dead at approximately 3am.
“West Mercia Police are unable to comment any further as the incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as is normal procedure, and will assist the IPCC with their inquiries.”
Police use of Tasers, which are intended as a non-lethal weapon, went up slightly towards the end of 2015 with 10,329 uses by forces in England and Wales, a 2% rise on the previous year.