Officers use taser on reported combative man in St. Joseph, who dies after being subdued

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Authorities say a man died in south St. Joseph on Wednesday afternoon after they used a taser on him because he reportedly threatened them with a baseball bat and tried to fist fight officers.

KQ2 reports Drug Strike Force investigators were trying to serve a warrant at a home on MacKenzie Drive. Undersheriff Bill Puett with the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office tells FOX 4 when officers entered the home, the man confronted them with the bat, then dropped it as he ran around the home, and found more officers.

Then he tried to fight them and reportedly refused to follow commands, prompting officers to tase him.

Col. Puett said the man continued to fight after being tased, and tried to bite the responding officers. He was eventually subdued and arrested, at which time he became unresponsive.

He was treated at the scene and then taken to Mosaic Life Care where he was pronounced dead. An investigation into his death has been ordered.

Col. Puett says they’re working on identifying the man, but he’s not the suspect named in the warrant.

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