Man Dies After Incident with Lubbock Police - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/17/06

Man Dies After Incident with Lubbock Police

This morning, a Lubbock man is dead after his family says police tased him. NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta uncovers the very latest.

The family of John Manuel Nunez tells us just before 11 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a 911 call in North Lubbock. When authorities tried to arrest Nunez, witnesses say he became violent and that's when police used a taser. A family member tell us the 26-year-old fell and hit his head. He later died at University Medical Center.

At this time, police can not confirm cause of death but his family tells us he died from the head injury he received after police tased him. Officers say they use tasers anytime a suspect resists arrest. Family tells us he was a college student.

We did some research and found that national studies show an increase in taser related deaths. Researchers with Amnesty International say autopsies show that people who have died after being shocked actually died from other causes. Arizona-based Taser International contests the findings. The company also claims tasers have saved lives by providing police an alternative to bullets.

Officers on duty tell us they will have more information on the alleged taser death of John Manuel Nunez later today.

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