Va. man dies after Taser shock
This story was updated at 7:35 a.m.
It was the second death in an incident involving a Taser in the county this year.
Lt. William Griffith, an Arlington County police spokesman, said officers and medics were called to an apartment building in the 5500 block of Columbia Pike about 12:30 a.m. for a "psychiatric emergency."
They found a man who was "unclothed and uncooperative . . . He refused all verbal commands and was combative with the officers attempting to assist him," Griffith said.
"A few minutes after" an officer deployed a Taser device to try and bring the man under control, Griffith said, police saw that the man did not appear to be breathing. Medics began trying to resuscitate him, and transported him to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police are investigating the incident, Griffith said. Detectives remained at the scene of the apartment for several hours overnight, taking photographs and collecting evidence.
The death bore some similarities to a confrontation in January on the Pentagon City Metro platform between a 36-year-old District man and Arlington officers.
In that case, William R. Bumbrey III, allegedly became aggressive when an officer approached him to question him about a recent theft from a nearby pharmacy. Police said the officer used his Taser, which administers an electric jolt and is designed to be safer than a firearm.
Bumbrey continued to struggle, police said at the time, but eventually was restrained and handcuffed. Soon after, officers saw that Bumbrey was in medical distress. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead.
At the time, Detective Crystal Nosal, another county police spokeswoman, said Bumbrey was the first person to die in Arlington after an incident involving police use of a Taser. The devices have been in the department's arsenal since 2004, and police said they use them, on average, fewer than 20 times each year.
Griffith said there have been other incidents in 2010 in which Tasers were used successfully.
-- Debbi Wilgoren
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