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BREAKING NEWS — Man Dies After Being Tasered By Police

by ARLnow.com April 30, 2010 at 3:49 am 2,141 6 Comments

A man has died after being Tasered by Arlington police and going into cardiac arrest.

It happened around 1:00 a.m. on the seventh floor of the Wildwood Park apartments, at the western end of Columbia Pike. Police were called for a psychiatric emergency and found a naked man inside an apartment.

Police called for backup shortly after arriving on the scene, saying the man was going “crazy” and they were having difficulty restraining him. Police officers then used a Taser on the man.

After a few minutes, police noticed the man was not breathing. Paramedics, who were already on the scene, performed CPR.

The man was rushed to Virginia Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have confirmed that a Taser was used and are now investigating the incident. It’s not known whether the Taser caused the man’s death.

This is the second time this year a person has died after Arlington County police used a Taser.  A 36-year-old man from the District died on January 17 after being Tasered at the Pentagon City Metro station.

Investigators are awaiting a final cause of death determination from the medical examiner’s office in that case.

Update at 1:45 p.m. — Police have identified the deceased man as 32-year-old Adil Jouamai of Fairfax County. He was at the apartment visiting family at the time.

“This is a very unfortunate incident and we are certainly taking this loss of life very seriously,” police chief M. Douglas Scott said in a statement. “The Police Department Criminal Investigation Section and Internal Affairs Section are conducting simultaneous comprehensive investigations. Although it is very early in the investigative process, there is no indication at this time that the level of force used by the officers was excessive considering the level of resistance they encountered.”

Police describe Jouamai’s conduct as “uncooperative” and “combative with the officers attempting to assist him.”

  • John

    We need to remember that the tazer has saved many lives and injuries not only from uncooperative individuals but to police who might have been injured by such individuals.

    I note the alternatives are a police baton (five pounds of pressure to break a knee cap adn yes they are trained to do just that) or the officers gun.

    • MB

      Really? You think a gun is an alternative when someone is being “uncooperative”? I’ll pass that on to Parenting Tips Magazine.

      • Truth

        I think there are many people who are alive today who are so because they got tazered as opposed to shot.

  • This report smells really bad for the Arlington County Police. As a concerned citizen, I am afraid there is a huge cover-up by Chief Scott. You cannot tell me that a naked, unarmed man in his bed posed such a threat to four or five officers present that they could not restrain him.

    As with all things police oriented in Arlington, they are not being truthful and will hope this incident blows over. They have not even suspended the cop who killed this man pending a review. And there is no independent review of abuse at the hands of police in Arlington – a cop investigating this will never find that another cop used excessive force. What a sham and this is the second killing by Taser this year of unarmed people by ACPD!

  • Dave

    This is a foul report. The gentleman had a dispute with his family and was not naked. The cops also tased him 3 times. He also had dimplomatic immmunity as worked for a prominent embassy..No mention of that anywhere

  • Police shortcut

    Police are becoming cowards behind their tazers. Why physically restrain someone when you can just squeeze the trigger of you tazer and they drop into submission? There have been reports of 100 pound drunk girls tazered, unarmed people, even when the police out number the person 3 or 4 to 1 they use tazers.

    If you don’t have the guts to properly arrest and detain someone move on to another career. I’m sick of these police in Arlington who have very low rates of crime to deal with act like cowards the few times they need to really do something. Man up and do your job.

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