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April 16, 2014
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Video: Crazed man dies after resisting TASER, attacking cops

Police attempted to subdue suspect after he resisted being placed in handcuffs and fought the officers. A TASER was deployed multiple times, but did not stop him

By PoliceOne Staff

PHOENIX — A video capturing a violent struggle between police and a man who died has been released.

According to AZ Family, Phoenix police officers were involved in the deadly struggle at a restaurant on Sunday. The incident began when a male restaurant employee reported a man, 38-year-old Edward Michael Caruth, acting strangely and mumbling to himself

As seen in the video, two police officers attempted to subdue Caruth after he resisted being placed in handcuffs and fought the officers. A TASER was deployed, but did not stop the suspect. The struggle eventually spilled into the restaurant’s parking lot.

"He (the employee) indicated to 911 that this suspect had been in the business for quite a while, was scaring the employees," said Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Department. "He had gone into a restroom, barricaded himself in the restroom and then turned on the water faucets causing the restrooms to flood."

The suspect also damaged the restaurant’s counter area, and tried to access the back kitchen, but was stopped by an employee wielding a knife.

The suspect was TASERed at least four times by the two officers. Two additional officers responded to the incident and struggled with the suspect.

Two officers were injured in the struggle. Caruth was treated for injuries at the scene, and later died after being transported to a hospital.

Caruth’s cause of death has not been determined.






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