Man dies in HPD custody

Officers used Taser to subdue man

Published On: Aug 01 2012 06:58:19 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 01 2012 01:03:24 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

Houston police said a man died after struggling with officers who then used a Taser to subdue him in east Houston.

The officers received a suspicious person call at the Interstate Motor Lodge in the 13000 block of the East Freeway near Rockglenn shortly after 2 a.m. The employee who called 911 said the man was acting strange, had "huge eyes" and asking for help. The employee said she tried several times to find out what he needed help with, but she never left her protected area.

When the officers arrived, they said they found a 38-year-old man acting erratically and believed he may have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Sgt. Robert Rohling said the man's hair was wet and he appeared to be sweating profusely. Houston Fire Department emergency personnel and police officers offered to help him, but he refused their assistance, investigators said.

When they tried to arrest him, they said the man resisted, so a Taser was used to subdue him. It took two shocks of the Taser to get him into custody. Police recovered a knife from his pocket.

During the struggle, police said the man was scraped up, so they called an ambulance. After he was placed on a gurney, the man struggled again, investigators said. While paramedics worked on the man, he went into cardiac arrest, officials said. He was rushed to East Houston Medical Center, where he died.

A medical examiner will determine the cause of the man's death.

The man's name was not released.

The case is under investigation.