05/26/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Tara Monks // Tara Monks
Middletown, CT – A man died and five police officers were injured after an altercation between the man, family members, police and a police dog took place on Monday, May 24, 2010, on West Lake Drive, as reported by WFSB.com.
Police reported that the family of Efrain Carrion, 35, called them stating Carrion was in need of medical assistance. When officers arrived at the residence, they detained him and placed him in handcuffs for his safety, according to reports.
Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police told reporters, “EMS personnel began to evaluate the subject when the subject became extremely violent.” Police described the man as extremely large and powerful. They also enlisted the aid of a police dog and taser to subdue the man.
Vance explained, “The individual [Carrion] was able to grab onto the K-9, choke the K-9 into unconsciousness and ran outside of his apartment.”
The officers followed him outside, where another struggle ensued. In their repeated attempts to subdue the man, police used their Taser on him. Carrion eventually went unconscious.
Emergency personnel attempted to revive him as they transported him to Middlesex Hospital. Upon arriving at the hospital, Carrion was pronounced dead.
Five officers were wounded in the incident. They were transported to Middlesex as well and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Niko, the police dog, was taken to the vet and reportedly recovering at home on Tuesday.
Carrion’s family is claiming police excessive force. His sister, Eunice Barrientos, who witnessed the incident, has a different story. She told reporters Carrion “was handcuffed and they just tased him and tased him and let the dog chew him up, they kicked him down the stairs.”
State police have started an investigation into the incident. An autopsy will be performed on Carrion in order to determine the cause of death.
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