Prosecutor: Mich. cop justified in stun-gun death

The officer who used a gun on combative man sexually assaulting a woman was ruled correct in his use of force

Daniel Bethencourt
Detroit Free Press

GIBRALTAR, Mich. — Prosecutors said Tuesday they will not charged a Gibraltar police officer who used a stun gun on a combative man in April, saying the officer used a reasonable amount of force to halt a violent incident. The man later died of medical complications.

According to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, the suspect was on amphetamines and had been raping and threatening to kill a woman when the stun gun was deployed. There was also a scared children at the scene, she said.

“The responding officers acted just as officers should act,” Worthy said.

Around 3:30 a.m. on April 16, police got a call from a 12-year-old boy who said his mother was being assaulted by her boyfriend. Two officers arrived to the 14600 block of Middle Gibraltar Road, and in a bedroom they found David Michael Kapuscinski, 39, of Gibraltar, naked and committing a sexual assault, Worthy said.

Kapuscinski refused to stop, and officers tried to intervene. During the ensuing struggle an officer used a stun gun three times, according to Worthy.

The man collapsed. He was ultimately pronounced dead of cardiac dysrhythmia.

Copyright 2015 the Detroit Free Press

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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